El Bulli: Cooking in Progress
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The movie is 1hr 50mins long, and all dialogue is in Catalan, Spanish, or French, with English subtitles. The first half of the movie is almost all video of Ferran's sous-chefs working in the lab. There is no narration at all, very little cooking, and it is somewhat tedious to watch. Yes, it is interesting to see what they do, but most of the time it is unclear exactly what they are doing and what ingredients they are using. Still, it is quite amazing how meticulous they are in the lab. The second half takes place in the restaurant, where we see them set up for the season. Again, it is usually not clear what exactly they are doing. You might see them making some cool looking dishes, but the viewer has no idea what they are. At one point we watch Ferran eat his own meal, but for the most part, we do not know what the dishes are or how they taste! We just see him make notes quietly. Pretty dull.
If you are really into El Bulli, this is worth watching for the behind-the-scenes look, but in the end it is just ok. Could have been great, with lots of narration and better editing.
Too bad if you never got to el Bulli, it closed in 2011. The brothers opened Tickets and 41degrees in Barcelona while the featured chefs opened Compartir north of Barcelona, with Faran's blessings to continue along the same path, and not too far from the el Bulli original site.
The movie looks more at the food than the people behind it and Adria, himself seems to have little or nothing to do with the development of the food except offering a critique. One thing that was lacking was the trial and error of all the ideas as they are being formed, the beginning of the movie looks into that a little bit, but then it focuses more on the finished dishes and the operation of the restaurant.
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The plates looked like they were vomited on. For the most part a very boring documentary.Published 1 month ago by Science Minded
Glimpse into the creative process of a group of culinary artists.Published 9 months ago by Elham Sepassi
This was a great movie I had seen many times before the chef will always be my top favoritePublished 14 months ago by John Brodnax
Fantastic insight into a unique creative process from a legendary chef.
Anyone in any creative field could benefit from watching this and learning from his process
I was really excited to see this film. I am a foodie and have read about the famous and (fabled) El Bulli and the eccentric owner and chef Ferran Adria. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by REalHousewife
was interested in the cooking process, not in their move every 6 months or talking about recipes.
wasn't able to sit through the whole thing.
A good documentary on how a world class restaurant was run, showing behind the scenes perspective on his operation. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by C. MERRITT
I enjoyed seeing all the people I had just read about. I don't want to eat the crazy food but I love watching them create it.Published on July 31, 2013 by Susan Vandermeer