Last night, in the waning months of Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli, Anthony Bourdain, chef José Andrés, and the crew of No Reservations documented one of Adrià’s 52-course “last suppers” by photo, video, and Twitter. Bourdain proclaims, “I will never eat so well again,” and “Half the dining room were in tears.” Andrés got Adrià on-camera for about fourteen non-sequitur seconds, listened to an unidentified Asian man sing opera, and proclaimed “prople of america [sic] ! this show about el bulli will be one of the great tv shows ever … ” They ended the night with gin and tonics, sitting with Ferran, looking out at the ocean, feeling the “wind off the Pyrenees” before heading to bed. But that’s not the end of it.
As we type, Bourdain just enjoyed a staff meal with the El Bulli crew (fettucine carbonara and pintxo of cod), and shows us the “look of pure terror” on his face as he prepares to work the line at the world-famous restaurant. Below, the full 52 courses they enjoyed last night, featuring one of El Bulli’s signature waves of dessert courses, before it swings back to savory, and back to sweet again. Epic, we know.
Don’t ask us what “mimetic chestnuts” are, or to explain the course called, simply, “Pond.”