I just watched a new documentary film called A Day in the Life of El Bulli. It’s an intimate and moving look into a restaurant that has changed the way many people think about food.
In 60 minutes, the film watches a day go by (Aug. 22, 2008, to be exact) in the restaurant, which occupies a modest house by the beach in an out-of-the-way cove of the Mediterranean above Barcelona. Juli Soler, who began at the restaurant in 1981 and is now a co-owner, unlocks the doors early in the morning, fixes himself some coffee, and off we go. Chefs gather, deliveries arrive, the kitchen swings into action, and we watch as the elaborate and mysterious dishes come together under the direction of chef Ferran Adrià.
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