24 October: Financial Times’ How To Spend It hosted two back to back exclusive dinners this week with Ferran Adriá, the world’s most celebrated chef. Following three earlier dinners this year in London, Hong Kong and Geneva, the New York events were hosted by Adriá, How To Spend It editor Gillian de Bono and elBulli alum Daniel Humm at his three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park.

The five-course, wine-paired dinner featured a menu inspired by some of elBulli’s most famous dishes. Two tickets to the dinner were auctioned at the 10th annual Room to Read wine gala in London on 2 October, which contributed to more than $3 million raised for the charity on the night.

Adriá spoke to guests about what he has been up to since elBulli closed its doors in 2012 and shared details about the elBulli Foundation and legacy. Guests left the event with a signed copy of the original elBulli menu and a copy of the recently published elBulli 2005-2011, Adrià’s seven-volume compendium of 750 elBulli recipes, published by Phaidon.

The menu featured canapés prepared by spherification, a molecular gastronomy technique pioneered by Adriá, oysters encapsulated with potato and leek, foie gras torchon with smoked trout and apple, lobster poached with quinoa and brussels sprouts, duck roasted with sweet potato and chestnut and a trio of chocolate including frozen black truffle.

Photos from the dinners can be found here.

The dinner series is sponsored by Vertu. A sixth dinner has just been added for 20 January 2015 at Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred restaurant Pollen Street Social in London. Tickets will be available on 1 November.




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