A few weeks ago,one of Spain's most beloved restaurants, Mugaritz, was forced to shutter after an electrical fire wiped out all of their cooking facilities. While a reopening is still slated for sometime later this year, it seems that chef Andoni Luis Aduriz is using the rebuilding process as an opportunity to create his "perfect kitchen." Although the Basque eatery currently holds two Michelin stars, and was ranked fourth on a San Pellegrino's annual Top 50 List (a few notches behind El Bulli), apparently the old kitchen space was nothing spectacular. Says Aduriz:
"The burnt kitchen had two main drawbacks...the cooks had to work in cramped conditions and the cleaning area was next to the dining room so the clank of plates and cutlery interrupted the peaceful atmosphere of that area... We have begun thinking about what was lacking from the old kitchen; the brainstorming hasn't stopped..."In a bold and resourceful move, Aduriz is also soliciting kitchen design ideas from his customers, via the restaurants blog. He announces the open call for submissions in a post that begins "Do you fancy helping us with the project outline?" So, to all those restaurant design guys out there, now's your opportunity to take a lovingly worn, slightly damaged Basque eatery, and really make it shine.
·Two Michelin starred Basque restaurant seeks "perfect kitchen" [EITB]
·All Mugaritz Coverage on Eater [-EN-]