Adios El Bulli

Posted on May 17, 2011


Chef Ferran Adrià at El Bulli (Photo © AnneLise Sorensen)

Adios El Bulli
by AnneLise Sorensen

Why would the most famous chef in the world close his restaurant at the height of its popularity? The answer to that explains who chef Ferran Adrià is.

Adrià’s restaurant El Bulli, in the Catalan town of Roses in the Costa Brava, is shutting down in July. I visited last week and interviewed him about foams, farewell, the future – and tomatoes.

“Tomatoes? You need an entire life to know about tomatoes,” Adrià has said. (It’s one of those classic Adrià comments: Simple, almost folksy – but so true and right that you can feel a shift in your thinking.) He tosses it off – and is on to the next idea – but I’ve stopped writing in my notebook, ridiculously captivated. By a garden vegetable. The tomato is humble, but the possibilities are many. Red and round, it sits on the chopping block in the kitchen, and… – well, all this will be in my longer interview, coming soon.

In the meantime, here’s something I learned in Adrià’s kitchen: Sometimes, it’s best to eat with your hands.

Stay tuned for my full interview.

In the kitchen at El Bulli, Costa Brava, Spain

A long and winding road leads to El Bulli, which presides over this cala (cove) in the Costa Brava

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