If there's one thing chef Ferran Adrià is known for besides his creations in the kitchen, it's his thoughtful dissection of the culinary arts. Today, the Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Madrid celebrates Adrià's mindfulness and self-reflection in a new exhibit: "Ferran Adrià: Auditing the Creative Process."
According to the museum's website (translated), since he closed elBulli in 2011, Adrià has been looking for meaning in his life's work. The curators are quick to note that this "is not a gastronomic exhibition... it is a journey in which the viewer is immersed in the creative world of the chef and his team." The 1,000 square meter gallery space is filled with Adrià's own notes on his menus, creations, and ideas from the past few decades. The exhibit features "large murals, hundreds of drawings, objects, and symbolic tools" used in what was once "the best restaurant in the world." There is also a recreation of the original elBulli kitchen, where 1,846 meals were prepared from 1987 until 2011.
Adrià's thinking about success is that it "lies in the constant renewal, based on parameters of innovation and creativity." In "Ferran Adrià: Auditing the Creative Process" attendees, fans, art-lovers, and avid diners get a chance to go inside the chef's mind and relive some of elBulli's finest work.
"Ferran Adrià: Auditing the Creative Process" opens today, October 29 and runs through March 1, 2015.