A global series of exclusive How To Spend It events with Ferran Adriá, the world’s most celebrated chef, launched last night with a dinner at Pollen Street Social in London. The menu was prepared by house chef Jason Atherton as an interpretation of some of elBulli’s most famous dishes, in consultation with Adriá. A ticket to the event cost £850 for an individual and £1500 for a couple.
Guests were greeted by Adriá, How To Spend It editor Gillian de Bono and Jason Atherton at the Perrier Jouet champagne reception.
Adriá gave a speech about the elBulli Foundation and legacy, and took questions from the audience. Guests left the event with a signed elBulli menu card, a copy of Adriá’s biography and a signed bookplate for the volumes of recipe books published by Phaidon.
The menu, kept secret until the night, featured an Apple mojito sandwich, black olive orea, native blue Scottish lobster ceviche, earth eel fish with cucumber and grains, wild mushrooms from the New Forest (in various textures and temperatures), game consommé with Armagnac and autumn leaf, and golden cherries.
Photos from the event can be found here.
The dinner series is sponsored by Vertu. Coming events be held in Hong Kong on 16 June with Jason Atherton at Aberdeen Street Social; in Geneva with chef Philippe Audonnet at Windows Restaurant 4 September; and New York on 23 October with chef Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park.