Ferran Adrià (above, left) and Colman Andrews (above, right) visited The FCI last week for a series of events hosted by the school.
The afternoon began with a book signing of Colman Andrew’s recently published Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food in the library, where students lined up to have copies of the book signed by both the author and the books subject.
The book is the first published biography on Adrià and his groundbreaking work at El Bulli, making the event even more momentous. Students were excited to meet the famed chef, shake his hand, and have their picture taken with him and Andrews.
After the book signing, Adrià, with Andrews serving as interpreter, talked on tape with school founder Dorothy Cann Hamiliton about his career and the restaurant industry past, present, and future. The day finished with a Q&A in the International Culinary Theater lead by Andrews, which allowed Adrià to share his philosophies on food, cooking, and life with an eager audience of top-talent chefs, food media, and industry professionals. Attendees were able to ask the famous chef their own questions at this rare up-close appearance. The chef even talked about his decision to close El Bulli as a restaurant and what patrons and fans can look forward to once it reopens in 2014 as a foundation for exploration and learning. Adrià also talked about the value in sharing ideas and recipes and his proudest accomplishment of doing what makes him the most happy and living life to the fullest. —Liesel Davis
Below is a brief excerpt from his conversations with Dorothy Cann Hamilton.
Dorothy Cann Hamiliton writes about her experience on her blog Love What You Do.
Eater posts about the Q&A event.
And a student talks about meeting Ferran for the first time.