World’s top chefs meet in Barcelona to celebrate ‘The World's 50 Best Restaurants’ ranking’s 15th anniversary
Five-time number 1 holder Ferran Adrià states that internet and TV have changed cuisine dramatically
The world’s best chefs met in Barcelona on Tuesday to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the ‘Best of’ ranking of top 50 restaurants that the magazine ‘Restaurant’ releases every year. It is no surprise that the gala took place in Catalonia, as the country has hosted the number one of this ranking for 7 of its 16 editions. Ferran Adrià’s restaurant El Bulli, which no longer exists, won it five times (2002, 2006-2009) while Roca’s brothers El Celler de Can Roca got the highest honour twice (2013, 2015) and it is the current third in the ranking.
The event on Tuesday held in the old factory of Estrella Damm beer in the Catalan capital gathered some of the best chefs in this 15-year span: Ferran Adrià, René Redzepi, Joan Roca, Massimo Bottura i Daniel Humm. All of them took part in a round table discussion and a gastronomic celebration supervised by Adrià followed. William Drew, editor of the magazine ‘Restaurant’, also joined the event, ahead of its 2018 edition to be held in the Basque city of Bilbao.
"El Bulli has changed the way of facing gastronomy"
Ferran Adrià · El Bulli
In his speech, Adrià highlighted that the internet, the social networks and TV have contributed to change dramatically gastronomy and diet in the past 15 years. “For the first time ever the children want to cook at home and this is a revolution. It never happened before. This is almost as important as the integration of women into the labour market”, he said talking about the TV program ‘Masterchef’. He added that the concept of ‘gourmet’ has also changed and now “young couples save to go to restaurants”.
Ferran Adrià also claimed that his restaurant, El Bulli, “has changed the way of facing gastronomy”. “The important thing is that we made people think”, he said. In fact, his establishment not only topped the ranking 5 times, but also came second three times and was third once. El Bulli was in the podium in all 8 editions of the ‘Restaurant’ ranking before it closed down in 2011.
El Celler de Can Roca then replaced it as the most famous Catalan restaurant and has sneaked in the world’s podium for seven years in a row from 2011 onwards. It reached the first spot twice, came second four times and has been third in 2017. Its chef, Joan Roca, said on Tuesday that one of his aims is “humanizing gastronomy and specially the haute cuisine, which is associated with the difficulty of combining a social, familiar and work life”.