Famed Spanish restaurant elBulli lost its crown as the world’s best in an international poll Monday after four years at the top, beaten to the number one spot by rising star Noma in Copenhagen.
ElBulli’s defeat in the S.Pellegrino World’s Best 50 Restaurants list is another blow for the eatery and its trailblazing chef, Ferran Adria, after he announced in January the venue would close for two years from 2012.
The 47-year-old chef put the decision to shut the restaurant on Spain’s northeastern Catalan coast down to fatigue and a need to plan for the future.
A special menu has been created in concert with the Made in Belfast Festival, an annual event that celebrates the making of the Titanic in Belfast 100 years ago.
Conor McClelland, chef and owner of the Rayanne House in Ireland, has decided to modernize the 13-course ‘last supper’ of April 14, 1912.
According to Slashfood, a food news blog, McClelland and his wife “spent months researching” the menu that originally “included items such as asparagus and watercress salad and spiced peaches with jelly and ice cream.”
Apparently their interest in the Titanic was piqued because the same man who painted their Rayanne House also painted the Titanic.
The famed el Bulli, the Spanish restaurant repeatedly crowned the world’s best, is to become a non-profit foundation from 2014, its avant-garde chef Ferran Adria announced Monday.
The Michelin three-star restaurant will become a “foundation for all avant-garde gastronomy lovers.., a breeding ground for new ideas and for new talents,” he told a news conference at a culinary fair in the city of Santiago de Compostela.
The private foundation will grant between 20 and 25 scholarships annually for chefs and other industry professionals and one of its long-term aims will be to compile an “exhaustive and detailed” encyclopedia of contemporary cuisine.
Molecular gastronomy maven Ferran Adria has announced that he will close his famed Catalonian restaurant El Bulli for all of 2012 and 2013.
The three Michelin star El Bulli, tucked away on the Catalan coast, was last year named the world’s best restaurant by Restaurant magazine in Britain.
“El Bulli is not closing down. I need time to decide how 2014 is going to be . . . I know that when I return it will not be the same”
Britain got its fourth three-star Michelin restaurant on Friday as French chef Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at The Dorchester Hotel earned the rare top ranking.
Ducasse joins Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay and Alain Roux in the three-star elite club in the 2010 Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland.
According to TMZ, Roman Abramovich dropped $47,221.09 on lunch at famed New York eatery Nello’s on Friday.
The tab came to $47,221.09. He added another $5,000 tip (on top of the $7,328 gratuity already included) for a total of $52,221.09.
The lunch menu comprised of filet mignon, white truffles and a bunch of expensive wines and it fed ten people at the table.