elBulli

The bland Mediterranean-style building overlooks a lovely but isolated Spanish inlet that washes up against a not particularly beautiful beach. But elBulli was the gourmet's Shangri-la, the lair of one of the great sorcerers of gastronomic history. In 2010, Ferran Adrià announced he would shut elBulli in 2011 and resurrect it as a culinary think tank in 2014. He already has a vibrant legacy. Of the world's top 10 restaurants, five are run by elBulli alumni. All five returned to cook with the master on July 30, the final night, including René Redzepi of Copenhagen's Noma and Grant Achatz of Chicago's...

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