Although he made a career in fine dining with 35-course dinners served at his legendary restaurant elBulli, Ferran Adrià now predicts the future of food lies in informal dining.
''People are only willing to devote high levels fo concentration - like the five hour dinners at elBulli - as an exception; if not, they prefer something informal and fun,'' Adria told Spanish news agency EFE.
Adria, who closed elBulli last year, is opening a new Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant called Pakta in Barcelona. He is also working with his brother Albert to open a Mexican restaurant in the near future. Both establishments are expected to be informal dining spots with high-quality cuisine.
As far as culinary trends go, the chef believes gone are the days of French dominion. He said the haute cuisines of Mexico, Peru, Brasil, China and Japan will now be at the forefront. ''We need to keep in mind that European cuisine never had a dialogue with Japan, this has begun only in the past 10 years.''
One look at theWorld's 50 Best Restaurants list reveals that Adria is on the right track when it comes to diversity. Brazilian chef Alex Atala's restaurant D.O.M. is the fourth best restaurant in the world. Japanese restaurant Narisawa ranks 27th while Peruvian restaurant Astrid & Gastón ranks 35th and Mexican restaurant Pujol has the 36th spot on the coveted list.
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