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An exhibition on Ferran Adrià's cuisine and his restaurant El Bulli will be on show in London

The Catalan chef Ferran Adrià revolutionised modern cuisine, in such a way that some critics have compared him to Picasso’s influence on painting. In fact, most of the current top chefs around the world have spent some time as training cooks at Adrià’s restaurant El Bulli, which was located on a Costa Brava beach, in the Catalan town of Roses. El Bulli was considered to be the best restaurant in the world for a five–time record and it closed in 2011 to re-open as a culinary foundation promoting research and art in 2014. In addition, Adrià was considered by Restaurant Magazine to be “the chef of the decade” in 2010 and he has taught at Harvard and other universities. Ferran Adrià’s creativity developed new techniques and re-interpreted cuisine, fragmenting dishes, cooking for the five senses, creating a new language and bringing cuisine to a whole new dimension.

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03 May 2013 01:09 AM

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ACN / Laura Pous

London (ACN).- 'el Bulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food' will be on show at London\u2019s Somerset House from the 4th of July to the 29th of September. The Catalan chef Ferran Adrià revolutionised modern cuisine, in such a way that some critics have compared him to Picasso\u2019s influence on painting. In fact, most of the current top chefs around the world have spent some time as training cooks at Adrià\u2019s restaurant El Bulli, which was located on a Costa Brava beach, in the Catalan town of Roses. El Bulli was considered to be the best restaurant in the world for a five\u2013time record and it closed in 2011 to re-open as a culinary foundation promoting research and art in 2014. In addition, Adrià was considered by Restaurant Magazine to be \u201Cthe chef of the decade\u201D in 2010 and he has taught at Harvard and other universities. Ferran Adrià\u2019s creativity developed new techniques and re-interpreted cuisine, fragmenting dishes, cooking for the five senses, creating a new language and bringing cuisine to a whole new dimension. The exhibition on the Catalan chef and \u2018el Bulli\u2019 has already been on show for a year in Barcelona, at the Palau Robert centre. It was a great success, visited by more than 650,000 people, and will now tour worldwide. London is the first stop but Adrià hopes to bring the exhibition to Sao Paulo and the United States, among other destinations.


On Thursday, Ferran Adrià presented the Somerset House exhibition on his art and the restaurant where he cooked for three decades, el Bulli, which was considered the best restaurant in the world in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Adrià is said to be very satisfied with the exhibition and he considered it to be \u201Cincredible\u201D that Somerset House was dedicating an exhibition to his work. According to Adrià, the content managers for Somerset House \u201Clike risk, and el Bulli is risk\u201D. The Catalan chef emphasised that it was the first time an exhibition in this London art centre has been devoted to a restaurant, which according to him shows the innovative drive of his work.

Somerset House considers the show to be \u201Ca testament to Adrià\u2019s abundant talent, genius and ambition\u201D. The exhibition will enable the visitor to discover the process the Catalan chef followed to come up with his dishes at the Costa Brava restaurant, on the Creus Cape (Cap de Creus). Handwritten notes, drawings of dishes, play dough models, original menus and cutlery designs, are displayed among other items.

A great week for Catalan cuisine in London

The exhibition on Adrià and El Bulli has been presented in London the same week that another Catalan restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca, has been recognised as the best restaurant in the world. \u2018Restaurant\u2019 magazine, considered to be the most prestigious publication among chefs, awarded the recognition to the Girona-based establishment run by the three Roca brothers, with Joan Roca as the main chef. Adrià had told the press he was \u201Cvery happy, and it is very important for the country in difficult times\u201D, referring to the rough economic situation. He also stated that the El Celler de Can Roca is \u201Can example\u201D of \u201Chow a SME \u2013 because a restaurant is also a SME \u2013 can create amazing things\u201D.

In 2013, El Celler de Can Roca and the Roca brothers have taken the world\u2019s cuisine crown from the Danish restaurant Noma and René Redzepi, who in 2010 took the position from El Bulli and Ferran Adrià. In 2010, El Bulli was not included in the world\u2019s top ranking since Adrià had already announced his plans to close the restaurant in 2011. However, in 2010, \u2018Restaurant\u2019 named Adrià the \u201Cchef of the decade\u201D.

The exhibition in Somerset House aims to discover Adrià\u2019s way of working and understanding cuisine. The Catalan chef told the press he was very happy to have such an exhibition in London, since it is one of the cities he likes the most. He also added that \u201Capart from two or three museums such as the Tate\u201D, Somerset House is one of the \u201Cmost modern\u201D museums in the world, with two and a half million visitors per year. \u201CIt is run by people who like risk, and el Bull is about risk\u201D, he added.

According to Adrià, within the next four to five months, the Anglo-Saxon world will speak \u201Ca lot\u201D about Catalan cuisine, because of El Celler de Can Roca\u2019s success and because of the exhibition at Somerset House. \u201CThese are important things for the country\u201D, he emphasised, since both things will bring Catalonia closer to \u201Cpotential high-class tourists\u201D. \u201CNever before has an exhibition about a restaurant been organised\u201D he underlined, and it is important than the first one is about a Catalan establishment.

The exhibition is \u201Cpedagogical and fun\u201D, according to the Catalan chef. It is a \u201Cfantastic\u201D exploration of el Bulli\u2019s working process. It is also \u201Ca way to instil innovation; it is an exhibition very much linked to innovation, but in a very easy way\u201D, Adrià explained. He also confessed that when the exhibition was in Barcelona, he attended from time to time to witness the people\u2019s growing interest in the field of cuisine.

Ferran Adrià also told the press that within the next few days he will present to the public the \u201Csymbolical name\u201D of his new project, El Bulli Foundation, the research and innovation centre mixing cuisine, health and art. Adrià explained that the name will add \u201Can adjective\u201D to make it more special. In addition, he reminded listeners that in November they will officially present the foundation\u2019s project, which aims to give a legacy to society. Adrià also added that they are not in a rush to open El Bulli Foundation\u2019s doors.

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  • Ferran Adrià presenting in London the Somerset House's exhibition on his work (by L. Pous)

  • Ferran Adrià presenting in London the Somerset House's exhibition on his work (by L. Pous)

  • Ferran Adrià presenting in London the Somerset House's exhibition on his work (by L. Pous)
  • Ferran Adrià presenting in London the Somerset House's exhibition on his work (by L. Pous)