Consider for a moment what you would ask Ferran Adrià if you saw him in person. Would you inquire about his years at elBulli? Would you grill him about his upcoming BulliPedia? Or would you like to know what the great chef and innovator likes to eat? What do you think he would say?
Well, you don’t have to wonder because Phaidon, the publishing house behind Adria’s latest cookbook elBulli 2005-2011, has published a list of the top 10 questions people asked the chef during his recent book tour in Australia. His responses? Some cryptic, others comical but incredibly insightful.
Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights from Phaidon’s write up:
What would be the most important ingredient a home cook should use to improve their cooking?
Ferran: The most important ingredient is logic. Only do what you can do. Don't make life complicated.
What is the weirdest but most amazing thing you've ever eaten?
Ferran:The concept of weird does not exist for me. And if you have to talk about something "weird" there is no such thing as weird food. There are only weird people.
All jokes aside, the chef expressed curiosity for the various marine 'spices' humans have yet to discover. He foresees a world where ¨some of them will be able to be grown and new technology will make it possible to grow spices that have been impossible up to now.¨
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