elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food5. Jul - 29. Sep 13 / ended Somerset House
£10 (£8 concessions), £5 on Mondays (excluding Bank Holidays)
Daily 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.15), until 21.00 Thursdays (last entry 20.15)
This summer, Somerset House is hosting a major retrospective exhibition on a global icon of gastronomy, Ferran Adrià, and the restaurant he built to become the world’s best, elBulli. In partnership with Estrella Damm, elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food is the world’s first exhibition dedicated to a chef and his restaurant. The retrospective showcases the art of cuisine and cuisine as art by taking a behind-the-scenes look at the legendary laboratory and kitchen of the internationally renowned restaurant, which delighted diners in Cala Montjoi, a small picturesque bay on the Catalan coast near Roses, for over 50 years.
Charting the evolution of elBulli, the exhibition features an in-depth, multimedia display of each of the essential ingredients that make up the culinary creative mastermind of Ferran Adrià and his team: research, preparation, presentation, and plaudits. Combined with archive footage of the chefs and clientele, the exhibition’s ephemera are testament to Adrià’s abundant talent, genius and ambition.
In total, the elBulli team invented 1,846 dishes and in doing so, they led the culinary revolution which has inspired and influenced a generation of chefs. Under Adrià's leadership and creative direction, elBulli was voted the world's best restaurant five times by Restaurant magazine and the restaurant received over 2 million reservation enquiries for each summer season that it was open.
Adrià said of the Somerset House show: “Even though the restaurant of elBulli is now closed, the spirit of elBulli is still very much alive and this exhibition is one of the ways of keeping it so. For some, I hope it will revive good memories, and for others it will give a flavour of a fine dining experience like no other. Overall, it is an ode to the creativity, imagination, innovation, talent and teamwork of everyone at elBulli, but especially the world-famous chefs who trained with us and took these values into their own restaurants around the world.
“I am delighted to be presenting it in London at the prestigious Somerset House, another creative hub which, like elBulli, always invites you to try something new and perhaps a little unpredictable.”
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