Ferran Adria claims that Japanese Cuisine has had the biggest influence on his cooking career at the world famous elbulli which was five times voted the best restaurant in the world.
Speaking with Efe in Tokyo during the G9 chef summit, Adria said that the influence of Japanese cooking has been "the most important fact of the last 10 years of elBulli's history."
He added "is not only the product, it's the feeling. The perfect pairing between our pragmatism and their poetry".
Speaking with FDL in an interview earlier this year, Adria expressed his interest in Japanese cooking and claimed that in the next ten years that it would be restaurants from Japan, China and South America that would rise to the top of the culinary world.
The chef, alongside his brother and business partner Albert, has also announced plans to open his own Japanese style Nikkei restaurant in Barcelona were he already runs Tickets and 41 Degrees.
Adria also talked about his latest work saying that the pressure many people assume he's now under since elBulli closed as a restaurant back in July 2011 is not a factor for him. "I have a luxury now, which is time, and another luxury, which is freedom. I can do what I want."
This is exactly what the Catalonian chef is doing with his culinary encyclopedia project 'Bullipedia' and the elBulli foundation which is expected to open it's doors as a culinary centre in 2014.