IT was world renowned for its mind-blowing menus and a million-strong waiting list, but now El Bulli has closed its doors for the last time.
After 24 years the three Michelin-starred restaurant, headed by innovative chef Ferran Adria and famed for creations including smoke foam and Kellogg’s paella, has served its ‘last supper’.
The 50 lucky diners were treated to 49 courses including clam meringue and gorgonzola balloon.
Famous New York chef Antony Bourdoin, author of Kitchen Confidential, had eaten there two days earlier.
The El Bulli Foundation is scheduled to open in its place in 2014, granting between 20 and 25 annual scholarships to spend a year working with El Bulli’s staff on new creations.
No offense, but I like food >> Clam Meringue & Gorgonzola Balloon ….. sounds like a Ménage à trois with a Vacuum Cleaner & a Chopped Liver filled Watermelon – Very sensual but No Thanks ……
The Burger is wise. If a restaurant is so good it would not shut. El Bulli shut because it cooked esoteric food that nobody wanted.
“The restaurant had a limited season: the 2010 season, for example, ran from June 15 to December 20. Bookings for the next year were taken on a single day after the closing of the current season. It accommodated only 8,000 diners a season, but got more than two million requests. The average cost of a meal was €250. The restaurant itself operated at a loss since 2000, with operating profit coming from elBulli-related books and lectures by Adrià. As of April 2008, the restaurant employed 42 chefs.
Restaurant Magazine judged elBulli to be Number One on its Top 50 list of the world’s best restaurants for a record five times—in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and #2 in 2010 ”
2 million turnover pa yet made a loss..??? was Zapatero running it??????????