Taken from Alessandra Tinozzi’s blog entry in 2009, after finally achieving her dream of capturing the great Spanish chef in his own restaurant. It wasn’t easy.
I arrived at dinner with a pillow and the determination of a shot arrow. For months, it had been my aim to photograph Ferran while lying down on a pillow, to win over this absolute genius, a surprising and explosive man who rarely takes a rest. After 46 courses, he actually said yes.
He chose the electric stovetop of his kitchen as a location, but since it was still warm after the dinner service, he laid down. He was immobile but hardly surrendered, he raised his left eyebrow and shot me a devilish look.
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