‘elBulli: Ferran Adrià and the Art of Food’ was an exhibition which ran over the summer at London’s Somerset House, and I managed to see at the very last minute – the week before it closed! I’m really glad I made it as the exhibition was small, but fascinating. It’s sad of course that elBulli closed, and that the opportunity to dine there no longer exists. I remember it’s closure because Albert (Roux) received numerous requests from people desperate for help in getting a reservation before it closed – such was the urgency and state of panic amongst foodies at the time! So it was with high expectations that I set off for Somerset House to see the exhibition:
In my view (and yes I am a chocoholic) this was the best thing in the entire exhibition (imagine ending your meal with it!):
What became clear is that el Bulli was more a place of science and innovation than of opulent hospitality; less formal and less grand than many michelin starred restaurants. The Ferran Adrià legacy lives on in the shape of the el Bulli foundation – it will be interesting to see how this progresses.