Somerset House, an arts and cultural center in the heart of London, is currently hosting a major retrospective exhibition on elBulli chef Ferran Adría. Adría is a culinary hero and icon who changed the global food scene when he opened his restaurant elBulli on the Catalan coast 50 years ago. (It closed in 2011, and will reopen as a interactive museum, visitor’s center, and source of inspiration in 2015.)
The show takes a look at elBulli and its chef, who gave the culinary world food foams and Parmesan ice cream sandwiches, and influenced chefs around the globe. Among the exhibit’s most exciting features is “a projection of a live dinner to give the feel of being at elBulli,” reports Eater. The Somerset House website lists the highlights of the exhibit, inlcluding handwritten notes and hand-drawn sketches by Ferran and his team, original tasting menus, the restaurant’s custom-made cutlery used to manipulate sensory effects, as well as archive footage of elBullli’s chefs and clientele.
Of the Somerset House show, Ferran said, “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…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.” The exhibition will run through September 29th.
For more photos and an in-depth look at the exhibit, check out Eater’s coverage here.