While most are familiar with the characteristics of traditional cooking methods, molecular gastronomy is still making its way into restaurants and homes across the world. In 2005, Ferran Adrià and his team at El Bulli — the restaurant that spearheaded this movement — compiled 23 points called the Synthesis of El Bulli Cuisine. That synthesis can be seen at the museum exhibit El Bulli: Ferran Adrià and the Art of Food at the London Somerset House until Sept. 29. Without captivating imagery and examples, the commandments can make your head spin; that's why we've paraphrased the commandments for you. Read on to learn more: whether you're intrigued by his movement or know nothing about it, these tenets are shaping the food world as we know it.
Despite closing its doors in July 2011, famed Spanish restaurant El Bulli and its fearless leader, Ferran Adrià, continue to inspire the restaurant world. Though only a small fraction of people were able to gain entry to the sought-after dining room, El Bulli received plenty of buzz for its development of nouvelle cuisine and experimentation with molecular gastronomy. Chefs around the globe have sought to emulate, improve, and modernize the dining experience, using El Bulli as the prime example of success. As El Bulli gears up to reopen as a foundation, it's sharing history, artifacts, and key philosophies of the restaurant through a museum exhibit entitled El Bulli: Ferran Adrià and the Art of Food, at the London Somerset House until Sept. 29. Prepare to be astonished by some rich learnings about the restaurant and its chef.(Clockwise from left) A larger-than-life bulli made from meringue, a young Ferran Adrià in the center, and old El Bulli menus
- Mini golf course turned beach bar: Dr. Hans Schilling and his wife, Marketta, founded the restaurant in 1965. Schilling envisioned turning the property into a mini golf course, but instead, El Bulli became a beach bar that served drinks and sandwiches.
- Bulli equals bulldog: Marketta owned several French Bulldogs, and her nickname for them was "bullis," which inspired the restaurant's name.
- Chef at 25: It wasn't until 1984 that Ferran Adrià and Christian Lutaud became head chefs, but by 1987, Adrià had taken sole charge of the kitchen at the young age of 25. In 1990, the restaurant received its second Michelin star, and in 1997, El Bulli received its third star.
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- Don't dump away that pickle juice!
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Last month, Adrià made the most elusive restaurant seat infinitely harder to get when he announced he'd be temporarily shuttering El Bulli in 2012, and reopening it in 2014. But in an interview on Friday, the chef said the closure would be permanent because he and his business partner, Juli Soler, had been losing a half million Euros a year on the venture. Rather than funding the restaurant, they will now use that money to establish a new El Bulli academy that will promote contemporary ideas in food.
News of the eatery, which is considered one of, if not the, most avant-garde in the world, will disappoint the 3,000 people on the restaurant waiting list. I'm certain this news has crushed the hope of thousands of culinary cognoscenti — no doubt it has quashed mine. Was El Bulli on your list of places to visit?
The most elusive restaurant reservation in the world just got infinitely harder. Celebrity chef Ferran Adrià has announced that his restaurant, El Bulli, will temporarily close in 2012 and 2013. "El Bulli is not closing down. I need time to decide how 2014 is going to be . . . I know that when I return it will not be the same," Adrià said at a press conference. He also spoke to the difficulties of working 15-hour days: "We deserve to lead more normal lives, because for 25 years we have been focusing on the restaurant. Now we need more time with our families."
The three Michelin starred-restaurant in Roses, Spain, which was just named one of the Food & Wine's top 10 life-changing restaurants, is considered by many to be the most avant-garde eatery in the world. El Bulli will be open this year through 2011 before closing — although it only seats 50 heads a night for six months out of the year. While my chance of going has gone from slim to none, PartySugar may have better luck: she requested a reservation before the announcement! Have your hopes to visit El Bulli been deflated?