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The Making of a Master Chef


1961

Dr. Hans Schilling, a German vacationer, opens a minigolf course in Roses, Spain.

1964

Minigolf proves a bust, and Schilling upgrades the snack bar into Rotisserie Hacienda El Bulli.

1975

After Spanish dictator Franco dies, Schilling asks, "Why not make El Bulli a gastronomic restaurant?"

1983

Ferran Adrià, 21, a plasterer's son from near Barcelona, does a stage in the kitchen at El Bulli.

1987

Adrià, just 25, takes over the kitchen, starts spending a lot less time chasing Swedish girls at the nearby disco.

1997

El Bulli gets its third star, the most awarded by the Michelin guide. "We had no party to celebrate," says Adrià.

2010

Adrià announces that El Bulli will close in 2011, to reopen in 2014 in some evolving form.


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