The final act of chef Ferran Adrià’s el Bulli restaurant brought together a constellation of stars from the gastronomy world including José Andrés, Grant Achatz and René Redzepi, all El Bulli alumni, who donned aprons in the Catalan kitchen for the last time to help prepare a 50-course meal for friends and family.
El Bulli’s last supper, served July 30, featured some of the restaurant’s greatest hits and was live-tweeted by Andrés and Redzepi, who provided blow-by-blow photos and commentary throughout the night.
Andrés captured photos of some of the dishes which made the final menu — plates like an apple spice wheel (above) and a cone raspberry — while Redzepi’s twitpics captured candid, emotional moments among his colleagues like Achatz, Andrés, Andoni Aduriz of Mugaritz, and Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana in Italy.
Redzepi’s twitvids (above) also capture the final moments of the legendary kitchen when the 50th and final course is served: a triumphant, thunderous moment of applause, flashbulbs, bear hugs all-round, and spontaneous dancing into the dining room. “And thus it finishes, Ferran serves the last dish of the evening, an era comes to an end,” Redzepi tweeted.
(Below, friends and staff of Grant Achatz of Alinea share their thoughts on el Bulli and the work of Ferran Adria…)
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.