You can’t come to Spain without paying homage to Chef Ferran Adria, the master of molecular gastronomy who led the restaurant El Bulli to the top of the world’s best restaurant list for years before it officially closed last year.
Because the restaurant closed, I can never experience Adria’s brilliance. True, he opened a restaurant in Barcelona with his brother called Tickets (which, of course, was fully booked while I was there), but his attention these days is focused on launching his foundation to promote culinary creativity.
So the closest I got to Adria’s legacy was a special exhibit at the Palau Robert, a government cultural center in the heart of the city. The exhibit, “Ferran Adria and El Bulli: Risk, Freedom and Creativity,” offers a history of the restaurant (which opened way before Adria started cooking there) and a look into the creative mind of Adria.
The exhibit runs until February 2013, when it then heads to New York followed by London. If you don’t get the chance to see it, here’s just a snapshot of what’s on display.
Palau Robert, Passeig de Gracia, 107 (at Carrer de Corsega), Barcelona. PH: (34) 188.8.131.52. Open Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.––8 p.m. Ferran Adria exhibit in Room 3; exhibition closes on Feb. 3, 2013. Free
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