Chef Jose Andres Alonso and an octopus dish. (Photo: Jose Andres/ Stock File)
Spanish cook honours 'Paul' by removing octopus from menus
Monday, July 19, 2010, 22:20 (GMT + 9)
During the World Cup which was held in South Africa, an unexpected hero was born, "Paul the octopus" - he was the protagonist for the last few games as his predictions were correct for the majority of the matches, including the last and most important: the final.
While Paul was born in Weymouth, England, he had spent two years living in a German zoo, called Sea Life Oberhausen in Düsseldorf.
As the final game of the world cup was approaching, the octopus was still hitting the forecasts, the chef Jose Andres Alonso decided to withdraw octopus from the menus of his restaurants in Washington and Los Angeles, United States.
In honor of Paul, or perhaps out of superstition, the Asturias-born chef promised to serve no more of the fish until the end of the tournament.
The octopus predicted, among other results, that Spain would beat the Netherlands in the final, who were crowned World Champions for the first time in history.
"This may sound like a joke, but after seeing Paul the octopus point to Spain as the winner you would understand. I don't think many people are going to eat octopus for a while," said Andres to the journalist Michele Norris, host of the National Public Radio.
The spanish chef is known in the US not only for his restaurants but also due to the television show, "Made in Spain."
Octopus Paul also became a huge hit on the internet, as his videos have been watched by millions of people around the world.
However, Paul failed to predict the outcome of the Euro 2008 final when he predicted that Germany would beat Spain.
Unfortunately, the popular octopus will not be able to predict the outcome of Euro 2012, because the average life expectancy of an octopus is three years.