The Art of Food

Mimi ON Jul 09, 2013 AT 8:17 am

Most people recognize fashion as an art – but food? Thanks to Ferran Adrià and his partnership with Estrella Damm, the Somerset House brings you a retrospective exhibition that may just change your course – of thought that is.

Ferran Adrià

ElBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food is the first exhibition in the world to be devoted solely to a chef and his restaurant. Ferran Adrià and his team curated the exhibit to take you explicitly through the in-depth, creativity process that is involved when charting the evolution of food that used to be served at elBulli.

elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food Exhibition

Much more complicated than the implication of a stove in the back – or a spatula readily available - Adrià creates his food similar to the way we imagine Da Vinci created The Mona Lisa. He starts with research – in the form of handwritten notes or drawn out sketches. Then the perfectionist chef moves on to the preparation stage, where plastic models are used in order to obtain a flawless shade of color, portion size, and juxtaposition. Once all the details have been worked out to his liking, Adrià is ready for the presentation phase – which not only includes the look of the food, but also the menu, table, and overall dining experience.

elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food Exhibition

“Overall, it is an ode to the creativity, imagination, innovation, talent and teamwork of everyone at elBulli” – the chef says about his exhibition. It is a learning – and fine dining experience that I’m sure any right-brained man would suggest imperative to better understand the extensiveness of the artistic culture.

elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food at Somerset House, Embankment Galleries West, SOuth Wing, 5th July – 29th September 

In partnership with Estrella Damm and with the collaboration of Generalitat de Catalunya and Institut Ramon Llull
£10 (£8 concessions), £5 on Mondays (excluding Bank Holidays)


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