Famed Spanish chef Ferran Adrià announced Tuesday that he will close El Bulli in 2012 and 2013, and use his world famous restaurant as a research lab. “With a format like the current one it is impossible to keep creating,”Adrià, 47, told reporters at the gastronomic fair Madrid Fusion. “In 2014, we will serve food somehow. I don’t know if it will be for one guest or 1,000”
El Bulli is situated on the Spanish Costa Brava, Spain’s northeastern Catalan coast, and has been judged the Best Restaurant in the world a record five times. Chef Adrià has used his El Bulli restaurant to reshape the gastronomical universe with molecular cooking wizardry along with L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Tailor, wd~50, and Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck restaurant in central London.
“But El Bulli is not closing down,” says Adrià. “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.” 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.
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