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El Bulli: Cooking in Progress


Gereon Wetzel

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About the Movie

El Bulli has been called the best restaurant in the world and its three-star chef, Ferran Adrià, deemed a brilliant innovator and the father of molecular gastronomy. Adrià is widely considered the best and craziest chef in the world. In his kitchen, that which was once familiar disintegrates. Anything goes -- except copying oneself. His restaurant, located outside of Barcelona, closes each year for 6 months, as Adrià and staff sequester themselves to concentrate on creating the new culinary wonders that will become their next 30-course menu. This is cooking as avant-garde art: a cocktail composed of hazelnut oil, salt, and water or a dessert of freezedried peppermint and ice shavings. Surrounded by bizarre hi-tech equipment, elaborate containers, chopping blocks and knives, they experiment with making mushroom juice and sweet potato meringue. Gereon Wetzel's elegant, observational documentary captures the razor-sharp, science-fiction sensibility at work. Adrià exclaims: "The more bewilderment, the better."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 45
  • Fresh: 27
  • Rotten: 18
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: El Bulli becomes a haunting celebration of the human desire to turn food into art - even if the results are consciously insane. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Aug 10, 2011

Fresh: Offers a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes at the Spanish restaurant hailed as the most influential eatery in the world. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, Sep 29, 2011

Rotten: The flat camerawork and lack of a story beyond the framework of six months in the city lab and six months at El Bulli gives us little to sink our teeth into. – Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, Aug 4, 2011

Rotten: El Bulli barely registers a pulse stronger than a book's. – Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail, Aug 5, 2011

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Customer Reviews

All the Hype

El Bulli quietly shows what all the hype of the now "closed" restaurant has been about for the last three decades plus. To enjoy this film you must be either be a connoisseur or a foodie with great passion. Otherwise, it will be meaningless but if you are one of these then you are in for a gastronomical treat. Bon appetit!

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2011

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