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Jean-Christophe Novelli pops into Paisley chippy

Award-winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli served up a surprise for customers at one of Paisley’s best-known chippies ... by strolling in for a fish supper.

Former Hell’s Kitchen star Jean-Christophe is one of the world’s best-known chefs.

But, when he wanted some quality chips, he made a beeline to the popular Castelvecchi cafe, in New Street.

The Frenchman had been in nearby Glasgow to judge the 2013 Scottish Italian Awards, which rewards the best restaurant, bistro, wine list and Italian chef to be found north of the border.

And Castelvecchi owners Alfredo and Linda Nutini, who are the parents of pop star Paolo, were thrilled when the AA Rosette-winning chef paid a surprise visit to their cafe on Monday night.

Alfredo told the Paisley Daily Express: “Michael Lemetti, a good friend of mine who runs Clan Italia tartan, was with Jean-Christophe on Monday when he was seeing all of the various places involved in the awards.

“They got talking about fish and chips and Michael told Jean-Christophe to pop in to see me on his way to Glasgow Airport.

“He stayed for about 15 or 20 minutes and was happily talking away to the customers.

“He even fried some of our fish and said it was amazing!”

Jean-Christophe, 52, is of French and Italian heritage and proved to be a big hit at Castelvecchi.

Alfredo added: “He was very pleasant.

“He is the first celebrity chef we have had in here and seemed like a genuinely nice guy.”

The Nutini family originally hails from Barga, in Tuscany, but their links with Paisley stretch back decades.