Disappearance Turns Grand Gourmet Tour Into Manhunt

Swiss man vanishes 40 stops into trek to 68 restaurants with 3 Michelin stars
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2008 3:36 PM CDT
This terrace of the restaurant El Bulli was packed the night Pascal Henry disappeared, so he could not have fallen from the nearby cliffs without notice, the manager of the Spanish restaurant says.   (Magnum Photos)
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(Newser) – Swiss motorcycle courier Pascal Henry was more than halfway through his quest to visit every Michelin three-star restaurant in the world when he vanished June 13, the Independent reports. At Spain’s El Bulli, Henry went to his car to retrieve his wallet and never returned, leaving a restaurant journal and other effects behind. It’s not the 46-year-old’s first disappearance, though, and a search is on.

“He couldn't just have vanished into thin air leaving his notebook,” says a chef who befriended Henry early in his journey and encouraged him to keep a record of menus and chef signatures. Despite the unaccounted-for interlude in his youth—and an estranged wife who calls him secretive—Henry’s uncle thinks it unlikely he would abandon a trip years in the preparation.