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elBulli: Ferran Adrią and the Art of Food
elBulli: Ferran Adrią and the Art of Food (Image courtesy of the Somerset House website)
If you have never dined at elBulli, Ferran Adrią's Michelin starred restaurant on the Catalan coast of Spain, you will at least have heard of this award winning, but loss making venture. It should be re-opening as a creativity centre next year, focusing on the inventiveness and imagination of food, and of those who create it. Adrią is passionate about food and currently teaching at Harvard, whilst also working on his new concept of Bullipedia: a virtual food and cookery website.

This summer Somerset House is showcasing a retrospective exhibition on Adrią and elBulli: Ferran Adrią and The Art of Food. Its main focus will be on cuisine as an art form, showcased by the laboratory and kitchen of the Cala Montjoi restaurant. The topic is probed by displaying handwritten notes and sketches, plasticine models and photographs of the foods prepared, tasting menus, table settings and press reviews as well as archive footage of the chefs and their clientele.

The exhibition will be accompanied by three workshops. Food Still Life Photography, (RecipeYum contributors take note) Food Design, and Ice Sculpting and Cocktails.

The event is fully endorsed by the world famous chef, who has fascinating ideas on the interview below. So why not visit Somerset House and prepare your taste buds for the visual and culinary exhibition of the summer?

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Why? To discover the ideas and creativity behind elBulli
When: Between 10am and 6pm daily, except for Thursdays until 9pm
Where: Somerset House
Cost: £10, plus concessions
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