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Rock Star Chef Ferran Adrià Says Chefs Should Not Be Rock Stars

A Q&A with one of the most game-changing chefs in history, on the eve of his upcoming exhibit at the Salvador Dalí Museum.
Source: elBulliArchive/Francesc Guillamet

It’s no longer possible to eat the food of Ferran Adrià, one of the most groundbreaking chefs in history. But very soon you can experience amazing insights into his transformative work from elBulli and beyond, at least if you can get to the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla.

For Ferran Adrià: The Invention of Food, the chef will showcase his culinary work from tabletop pieces and flatware he’s designed to detailed notebooks he’s kept throughout his cooking career. They’ll appear alongside the intense, food-focused paintings and flatware designed by Salvador Dalí. The Gulf Coast museum, a modern building with fantastical glass structures and stairways, is home to some 2,000 pieces, the largest collection of the surrealist artist’s work outside Europe. (Adrià and Dalí have more in common than both being brilliant game-changers in their respective arts; Adrià's legendary restaurant, elBulli, is situated near where Dalí lived on Spain's Costa Brava.)