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Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli will be opened again to clients for two months in 2012 or 2013 because of a Hollywood film

The Catalan restaurant has been considered the best restaurant in the world for five consecutive years. Chef Ferran Adrià announced he would close his restaurant definitively this July, and will be transformed into the ‘elBulli Foundation’ in 2014. However, the movie Hollywood is planning on the restaurant has obliged the Catalan chef to change his mind and open again for two months in 2012 or 2013. His idea is to show the movie team how the restaurant works.

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18 June 2011 02:38 PM

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ACN / Violeta Gumà / Tània Tapia

Roses (ACN).- The world\u2019s most lauded restaurant, El Bulli, will not close its doors permanently on July 30th this year, as announced by its chef, Ferran Adrià. El Bulli will open again in 2012 or 2013, but only for two months. In an interview to ACN, Ferran Adrià explained that he has been obliged to change his initial plans because of the movie Hollywood producer Jeff Kleeman is planning to make on El Bulli. The restaurant will open again to show the movie crew how it works and, once they are familiarised with it, scenes from the movie will be shot. \u201CWe will have to open El Bulli for real [\u2026] We won\u2019t open it just a little bit, we will completely open the restaurant and work as normal. It will be very fun\u201D, Adrià stated. Ferran Adrià, the Catalan chef who has revolutionised the world\u2019s high cuisine and has been considered the world\u2019s best chef for the past decade, surprised everyone when he announced in February 2010 that El Bulli, his restaurant on Catalonia\u2019s Costa Brava, was closing forever. Back then, Adrià said he still did not have a clear idea of what he would do with it in the future, but that a completely different new period would start and food would not be served ever again. Finally, he announced his restaurant would open again in 2014 and transformed into the \u2018elBulli Foundation\u2019, a space for creation and innovation, linking research on cuisine and visual arts, but not working as a restaurant. El Bulli was going to serve clients with its last dishes this summer, on the night of July 30th. However, Ferran Adrià is likely to surprise everyone again with the re-opening, which is an epilogue, as it would only last two months. Despite the short period of time, the restaurant will work regularly, serving dinners to 50 clients every night. \u201C50 people have to come every night, but I still don\u2019t know how we will do it\u201D, he said.


El Bulli will open again for two months in order to film the movie on the experience of young cooks in Ferran Adrià\u2019s restaurant. The cast and director are not yet decided but Adrià wants them to get familiar with the way his restaurant works and his cuisine style. The plan is to open the restaurant for two months, on dates coinciding with the movie timing. The working times are autumn 2012 or spring 2013. In the first month, El Bulli would work as a regular restaurant, serving dinner to 50 clients per night, as it already does now. It would also have its regular staff size of 70 people. However, Adrià would like to involve the movie crew in this first month. 15 of the 70 El Bulli\u2019s staff would be cast or technical crew members from the movie. Then, the second month would be focused on recording the film\u2019s restaurant scenes. The Catalan chef said that clients would still have dinner in the restaurant during this second month.

The movie does not have a title yet. David Willson is writing the script, whose first draft should be finished by September. Then, Ferran Adrià and his team will analyse the script from a gastronomic point of view. It is expected that the definitive script will be ready in November. Then, it will be time to look for a director and the main cast. Adrià talks about the movie passionately, just like he works, \u201CA great film about high cuisine has never been made. If they make a great film, it will be incredible\u201D, he added.

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  • Ferran Adrià in a moment of the interview with ACN (by T. Tàpia)

  • The kitchen of El Bulli with Ferran Adrià (left) (by V. Gumà)

  • Ferran Adrià in a moment of the interview with ACN (by T. Tàpia)
  • The kitchen of El Bulli with Ferran Adrià (left) (by V. Gumà)