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El Bulli: Cooking in Progress

// Presented as part of Filmatique's The Creation of Meaning Series //

Spotlight on El Bulli: Cooking in Progress  




Gereon Wetzel / 2011, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Hot Docs, IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, MoMA Documentary Fortnight, SXSW, Visions du Reél / 108'


For many years, Catalan chef Ferran Adrià ran the best restaurant in the world. Tucked away in a small cove a few hours north of Barcelona, El Bulli prepared some of the most daring and innovative dishes in contemporary cuisine, harnessing state-of-the-art molecular gastronomy techniques alongside an intuitive approach to flavor profiles. In July of 2011, however, the restaurant served its last meal.


Chronicling the process behind El Bulli's last season, filmmaker Gereon Wetzel traces the collaborative efforts of Adrià and his team of chefs on an exhilarating journey toward creating the perfect menu. El Bulli: Work in Progress premiered at Hot Docs, IDFA - Amsterdam, MoMA Documentary Fortnight and Visions du Reél. 


"The legacy of Spanish molecular-gastronomy mecca El Bulli will live on in this gleaming observational docu”

- Alissa Simon, Film Review, Variety