A Day at elBulli – an insight into the ideas, methods and creativity of Ferran Adrià – An exclusive look behind the scenes at elBulli, voted ‘Best Restaurant in the World’ for the last three years, and into the mind of Ferran Adrià, the most creative chef working today.
With two million requests for reservations every year, it is notoriously difficult to get a table there. This book opens the doors to everyone and reveals the inner workings of the kitchen and the gastronomic innovations that have helped create the spectacular food. Illustrated with over 1,000 colour photographs, the book includes recipes and innovative inserts explaining the creative methods and food philosophy, the reservations policy, the history of elBulli and the life of Ferran Adrià.
a day at elbuli
Aimed at all food enthusiasts as well as industry professionals, the book starts with daybreak at 6.15 am, then shows visits to the local markets to source ingredients, Ferran’s arrival at the workshop, his morning creative experimentation session, the arrival of the rest of the brigade at 2.30 pm to begin the mise-en-place for the evening, the daily tasks of the front of house team, and the arrival of the first guests for dinner from 7.45 pm until the last guests’ departure by 2.00 am.
With its innovative structure and striking design, A Day at elBulli provides a fascinating insight into the rare and magical experience of eating at elBulli.

The Chefs:

Ferran Adrià is recognized as the best chef in the world. His legendary talent, creativity and gastronomic innovations have inspired chefs and food-lovers around the world for many years, and make elBulli what it is today.
Albert Adrià shares the same passion for food and creativity as his older brother Ferran. He specializes in the world of pastry and is creative director of the elBulli workshop, where the pioneering culinary techniques that inform the spectacular thirty-course menu are developed.
Juli Soler joined elBulli as restaurant manager in 1981. He quickly brought the front of house service to a standard never seen before in Spain, and it is characterized by his warmth, generosity and professionalism.

Interesting facts:

An average tasting meal of 28-35 dishes comprising of cocktails, snacks, tapas-dishes, avant-desserts, desserts and morphines  at elBulli will cost 200 euros (±R 2305).

There are between 60-70 staff working at elBulli, this means there are more staff than guests at any given time.

elBulli is only open for six months of the year, for the other six they are in the workshop developing new ideas and dishes for the next six months.