El Bulli: Cooking in Progress!
This amuse bouche of a documentary provides unique insight into the world of experimental gastronomy, and a fascinating peek inside the kitchen of one of Europe’s most legendary restaurants. Located in the breathtaking region of Catalonia in north-eastern Spain, and famed for its exquisite 30-course tasting menu, El Bulli is now closed, in part because the way it was run – only open 6 months a year – was uneconomic. This fly-on-the-wall shows what happened during the off-season, the six months of closure. The restaurant was run by a handful of perfectionist, eccentric chefs (nutters all!) who were forever experimenting with radically new flavour combinations and micro-dishes. Think Fat Duck and Heston Blumenthal magnified; as Adrià himself puts it, “the more bewilderment, the better!” Intimately shot in Master Chef Ferran Adrià’s cooking lab and the busy kitchen of the restaurant itself, El Bulli: Cooking in Progress is revealing and funny, and a must-see for foodies and newcomers to the world of haute cuisine alike.
Whatever you do, do not come hungry!