The movie made from that trip, Decoding Ferran Adria, would go on to form the basis on Bourdain’s now famous No Reservations show.
Speaking about the film he made, Bourdain later said: “ This show was a labor of love and much gratitude. We were determined to get it right. We shot in Hospitalet, the town near Barcelona where the brothers grew up. We shot the staff meal at El Bulli. It was insisted I work the line a bit–to get a better idea of what’s really involved in getting those amazing creations to the table.”
It’s a look behind the scened of one of the world’s greatest ever restaurants, and a snap shot into the mind of a chef who challenged and changed convention.
Staff shortages are hitting the hospitality sector hard, prompting some restaurants to look outside the industry to train those without restaurant experience for life in the kitchen. Andrew Friedman finds out more.
The story of baked Alaska is much more than one of cake and ice cream. It’s a story of war and exile, scientific endeavour, and, depending on how you look at it, either political buffoonery or political astuteness.