It’s difficult to believe, but as the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” elBulli, as the world has known it, came to a close this past Saturday night with a blowout dinner featuring many of the world’s greatest chefs (a number of whom chronicled it via Twitter)* . The little restaurant on the edge of Cala Montjoi in Catalunya’s Costa Brava has served it’s last meal – at least in this format. While a sad day for all those who have been and all those who wanted to, but never got the chance, a new era is beginning, that of the elBulli Foundation. This foundation promises to expand the influence of elBulli even further than the restaurant itself. Poised to become a think tank where chefs can come together to create and an Academy where young cooks can learn how to approach food with new perspectives, this is likely to extend the legend and influence of elBulli even further. Rather than mourn the loss of what to me has been the source of so much personal pleasure and the three greatest meals of my life so far, I prefer to look ahead with anticipation to 2014 when the revamped elBulli under the elBulli Foundation is set to open in the same location in beautiful Cala Montjoi!
*Follow the twitter streams of chefs Rene Redzepi, Andoni Luis Aduriz, Grant Achatz, Massimo Bottura and Jose Andres and journalist and author Lisa Abend for some heartfelt and wonderful first hand reporting.