Tonight Somerset House celebrated the opening of its summer exhibition, elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food; a major retrospective on a global icon of gastronomy, Ferran Adrià, and the restaurant he built to become the world's best, elBulli.
With the early summer sun setting over Somerset House's terrace and its panoramic views of the capital, the cult Catalan chef officially opened the exhibition in front of an audience populated with some of the most famous faces in the food world and celebrity food lovers.
Guests enjoyed a selection of summer canapés, devised by Michelin-starred and Somerset House resident chef Tom Aikens, including quail egg and anchovy en croute, mini truffle mushroom arancini, smoked salmon, cream cheese and Keta caviar blini, and beef carpaccio on sourdough. Drinks were provided by the exhibition's partner Estrella Damm, the beer of Adrià's home town Barcelona, which was served alongside Catalan cava.
Afterwards, guests were treated to a feast for the eyes as they were invited to take a private view of the exhibition, which charts the evolution of elBulli from its early days as a beach bar to the culinary Mecca of the 21st century; details the 'deconstructed' dishes he devised and explains the creative process from pen to plate; shows how Adrià pervaded popular culture, and culminates with the elBulli business beyond the restaurant.
elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food, in partnership with Estrella Damm and with the collaboration of Generalitat de Catalunya and Institut Ramon Llull, will be at Somerset House, London from 5 July - 29 September 2013. Entry to the exhibition costs £10 and tickets are available from somersethouse.org.uk
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