Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

'Macron-economy' pun already worn out

Read more

DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War

Read more

FOCUS

Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Terrorist ransoms: Should governments pay up for hostages?

Read more

ENCORE!

Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche star in 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

Read more

WEB NEWS

India: journalist launches "Rice Bucket Challenge"

Read more

WEB NEWS

Russian aid convoy: Mission accomplished?

Read more

WEB NEWS

Actor Orlando Jones lauches 'Bullet Bucket Challenge'

Read more

  • Mother of American journalist asks IS leader for his release

    Read more

  • UN probe accuses Syrian regime, Islamists of ‘crimes against humanity’

    Read more

  • French unemployment rises 0.8% in July to record high

    Read more

  • France’s Hollande puts young ex-banker in top economy post

    Read more

  • Video: Iraq’s Yazidis flee to spiritual capital of Lalish

    Read more

  • Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

    Read more

  • Airstrikes and Assad - Obama’s military conundrum in Syria

    Read more

  • IMF’s Lagarde investigated in French corruption case

    Read more

  • American journalist held captive in Syria arrives in US

    Read more

  • In pictures: The ministers in France's new government

    Read more

  • 'Lasting' ceasefire agreed for Gaza, Abbas says

    Read more

  • Far-right ‘Russian Jihad’ fighters cross into Ukraine

    Read more

  • Rebels 'shoot down' UN helicopter in South Sudan

    Read more

  • Air France pilots threaten September strike

    Read more

  • WHO seeks stricter regulation for e-cigarettes

    Read more

Culture

World's top restaurant El Bulli to close for two years

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-01-26

El Bulli, the Catalan three-star Michelin restaurant that changed the face of modern cuisine with its molecular creations will temporarily close its doors from 2012-2013. Chef Ferran Adria says he needs a break "to decide how 2014 is going to be".

AFP - El Bulli, the Spanish restaurant repeatedly crowned the world's best, will temporarily close in 2012 and 2013, its famed avant-garde chef Ferran Adria announced on Tuesday.
   
"No meals will be served in El Bulli in 2012 and 2013," he told a news conference at Madrid Fusion, the annual international culinary conference focussing on the cutting-edge in haute cuisine.
   
"But El Bulli is not closing down. These are not two years on sabbatical. I need time to decide how 2014 is going to be... I know that when I return it will not be the same," said the father of so-called molecular gastronomy.
   
El Bulli, on Spain's northeastern Catalan coast, was last year named the world's best for the fourth year in a row by Britain's Restaurant magazine. Other publications have similarly raved about Adria and his food.
   
But Adria said he found working 15 hours a day "difficult."
   
"It's like telling (British designer) John Galliano to go work in a factory," he said.
   
Adria and Heston Blumenthal in England have since the late 1990s rocked world cuisine by using science to "deconstruct" and rebuild food.
   
Taste-bud treats on the menu of Adria's three-star restaurant have included oyster meringue, hot ice cream, frothy truffle cappuccino and liquid ravioli, while vegetables are turned into lollipops or whipped foams.
   
He has had to respond to critics who say the chemicals used in his "molecular gastronomy" make it unhealthy.
   
"Homemade ice-creams, those which are excellent, must have a stabilising substance to avoid crystallisation. Sugar goes through a chemical and physical transformation. Chocolate contains lecithin. Agar is a thick substance that has been used in Japan for centuries," he said once in response to criticism from another top Spanish chef, Santi Santamaria.
   
"The tomato also has a chemical composition," he said.

 

Date created : 2010-01-26

COMMENT(S)