Last October during my visit to Barcelona, I visited a very special exposition at Palau Robert. The exposition was entirely dedicated to the famous Catalan chef, Ferran Adria and his historical restaurant elBulli. It was totally unexpected and unplanned but I really had an enjoyable time visiting the exposition.
A short introduction about the great chef might be good here. Born in 1962 in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, he began his career in the 80’s as a dishwasher. At the young age of 22, he joined the kitchen staff at elBulli and after only 18 months working there, he was promoted as the head chef.
Ferran Adria is often associated to “molecular gastronomy”, a mix of food and science technique that will produce not only pleasurable stuff for your tastebud but also for your eyes.
Situated at Rosas, Catalonia, elBulli won its first Michelin-star in 1976, following by the second star in 1990. The third Michelin-star came in 1997 and completed elBulli glorious reputation.
It was said that the restaurant had received almost two millions reservation requests even if it can only serve about 8000 per season. Voted five times as the World’s Best Restaurant, elBulli was closed since July 2011 but is scheduled to re-open in 2014 as a culinary academy.
The exposition covers the history of elBulli with almost 30,000 items from the restaurant’s archive. You can find documents, pictures, sketches, recipe notes, tasting diagrams, menus and videos of the chef and his team.
Picture above : A few examples of sketches by the maestro and a special drawing of Ferran Adria by Matt Groening
Picture below : The hall of fame, pictures of famous guests and clients as well as restaurant staffs
What I love the most are the pictures of the different meal and dishes. Some of them are as simple as soups and salad while others are more elaborated recipes. All of the photos have two things in common ; they are all eye candy and definitely make you crave for food.
The exhibition ends this weekend and will then tour to London and New York.
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Passeig de Gràcia, 107 08008 Barcelona