Ferran Adrià of Spain has captivated a room full of cooks who are hanging on to his every word. The camera zooms in on a pair of hands as they exchange unidentifiable pieces of food gingerly, on a chef plucking the petals of a purple flower with care, and on another hand trembling slightly as it places the final garnish on an artfully designed plate.
These are some of the images in a documentary that goes behind the scenes into one of the most legendary restaurants in the world, El Bulli, which shuts its doors on July 30.
The trailer for the film, El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, is a rare look into the kitchen laboratory of the three Michelin-starred Catalan restaurant which enjoys a reputation of near-mythic proportions. Since 2006, when it was named Best Restaurant in the World, El Bulli says they received two million requests for reservations a year. Only 8,000 people dine at the restaurant every year. That means one in every 250 people who called would get a table.