"World’s Best Restaurant" El Bulli shuts down to become a culinary foundation
(SPOT.ph) World-renowned Spanish restaurant El Bulli served its last meal on Saturday, July 30, reports The Telegraph. The elaborate 50-course meal served to the staff’s families and loyal patrons signalled the restaurant’s end as a fine-dining joint as it reinvents itself as a culinary foundation in 2014.
El Bulli, a three-Michelin-star restaurant which pioneered molecular gastronomy, is open only six months a year. According to an Associated Press report published in Forbes magazine, a meal at El Bulli amounted to about Â€388/head, and the restaurant boasted over a million reservation requests annually. Still, the restaurant lost half a million euros yearly because preparing their intricate dishes required more chefs than diners, reports an AFP article published in Yahoo! News.
Head chef Ferran Adria, however, is celebrating the closure. In the Forbes article, he said: "People think I should be sad but I feel (like) the happiest man in the world... El Bulli is not closing. It’s just transforming." The new El Bulli Foundation plans to grant around 20 to 25 scholarships annually for chefs to train with El Bulli’s core staff on new creations. About four of the world’s top chefs trained in the restaurant.
Chefs bid El Bulli farewell