For those who failed to make it into the 0.4 percent of foodies who succeeded in dining at one of the most coveted restaurants in the world before it closed in 2011, chef Ferran Adrià will be hosting a series of four special dinners around the world this year.
The hitch: Like elBulli, which at its height of popularity received two million reservation requests for 8000 seats, tickets to the exclusive dinners in New York, London, Hong Kong and Geneva have gone fast, selling out due to “overwhelming response.”
The price points - up to $1645 USD per person for a dinner in New York - haven’t been enough to deter interest, and tickets for each event have been sold.
Organisers at Howtospendit.com, a supplement of the Financial Times have, however, opened a waiting list for fans who may want to try their luck.
elBulli-inspired, five-course dinners will be prepared by chefs like Jason Atherton of Pollen Street Social in London; Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park in New York; and Philippe Audonnet of Windows Restaurant at the Hotel d’Angleterre in Geneva.
Adrià will preside over a champagne reception and discuss his inspiration behind his cuisine. Guests will leave with a personal gift and a signed, complimentary copy of his compendium “elbulli 2005-2011,” a seven-volume opus that catalogues the restaurant menus over the later years. The set retails for $625 and €525.
If you don't have $1645 to spare, you can also sample elBulli's signature spherical olives at Tickets, a tapas bar and restaurant Adrià opened with his younger brother Albert, or sample Nikkei cuisine - Peruvian-Japanese fusion - at Pakta, both in Barcelona.
Before it shuttered in 2011, elBulli, in Catalonia, Spain, was named the World’s Best Restaurant five times by the influential Restaurant magazine, and drew pilgrimages from fanatic foodies around the world for its avant-garde, molecular gastronomy.
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