ElBulli closer to culi­nary lab dream

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Taste -

SPAN­ISH chef Fer­ran Adria is one step closer to turn­ing his myth­i­cal restau­rant elBulli in Cala Mon­tjoi, Spain into the world-class culi­nary think tank he's been dream­ing of, af­ter the lo­cal plan­ning com­mit­tee ap­proved his am­bi­tious devel­op­ment plans this week.

The green light comes fol­low­ing months of hur­dles, in­clud­ing vo­cal op­po­si­tion from lo­cals and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists who were con­cerned about build­ing on the sen­si­tive Cap de Creus Nat­u­ral Park in Cat­alo­nia, and the crowds that Adria's star power would at­tract.

The op­po­si­tion forced Adria to down­size plans for elBulli 1846 by 300% last year. This spring, the chef re­cruited stu­dents and in­struc­tors from the Barcelona School of De­sign and En­gi­neer­ing to help de­sign new out­door spa­ces that re­spect the en­vi­ron­ment and co-ex­ist seam­lessly with na­ture.

This week, Adria got the ap­proval he needed to pro­ceed with the sec­ond phase of his project which will go ahead in Oc­to­ber. (The num­ber 1846 de­notes the num­ber of recipes de­vel­oped at elBulli dur­ing Adria's ten­ure at the restau­rant).

Ac­cord­ing to their web­site, elBulli 1846 will be home to a team of 20 peo­ple who will work six months of the year on ex­per­i­men­tal projects that aim to push the bound­aries of gas­tron­omy and de­code the cre­ative process.

Along with chefs, the team will be in­ter­dis­ci­plinary, and in­clude ex­perts in ev­ery­thing from the arts, psy­chol­ogy, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, sci­ence and de­sign.

While the ma­jor­ity of the site will be de­voted to re­search and devel­op­ment, part of the site will also host spe­cial ex­hibits that will be open to the pub­lic, much like a mu­seum.

ElBulli 1846 is slated to open in 2018. – AFP Re­laxnews

If all goes well, Adria’s elBulli lab will open in 2018. — AFP

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