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El Bulli: Cooking In Progress (2011)



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For six months of the year, renowned Spanish chef Ferran AdriÓ closes his restaurant El Bulli and works with his culinary team to prepare the menu for the next season. An elegant, detailed study of food as avant-garde art, El Bulli: Cooking In Progress is a tasty peek at some of the world's most innovative and exciting cooking; as AdriÓ himself puts it, "the more bewilderment, the better!" --(C) Alive Mindmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Gereon Wetzel, Anna GinestÝ Rosell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 27, 2012
Box Office: $0.2M
Lorber Films - Official Site


Ferran AdriÓ
as Ferran Adria
Oriol Castro
as Oriol Castro
Eduard Xatruch
as Eduard Xatruch
Eugeni de Diego
as Eugeni de Diego
Aitor Lozano
as Aitor Lozano

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Critic Reviews for El Bulli: Cooking In Progress

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (16)

For those of us who don't have an deep interest in freeze-drying, 'El Bulli' is astonishingly, sub-'Masterchef' dull.

Full Review… | July 24, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

You leave "Cooking in Progress" with respect for a man who followed his vision, and with fascination at the idea of food as artistic expression.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

If you're passionate (and open-minded) about food, you'll be fascinated.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

If your idea of fine dining is pumpkin meringue sandwiches, bone marrow tartare with oysters, tea shrimp with caviar anemones, and ice vinaigrette with tangerines and green olive, then by all means make haste to El Bulli.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Offers a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes at the Spanish restaurant hailed as the most influential eatery in the world.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Not only does the food look barely edible but the film is remarkably unilluminating about the history of the restaurant, the characters or those who ate there.

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
Daily Express

Audience Reviews for El Bulli: Cooking In Progress


Taking the word "documentary" incredibly literally, EL BULLI: COOKING IN PROGRESS is a document of the food development process at a cutting edge Spanish restaurant. The chef closes the restaurant for six months so he and his team can create the molecular gastronomy wonders that makes his restaurant so strange and popular. But because the film is unfiltered by the filmmaker in any way, he just points the camera at them and watches, very little emerges, except for the fact that this food seems very strange, and as far as I can tell, kind of off-putting. There's time spent in the lab, then time spent at the restaurant premiering the dishes, but all I learned is that weird food can be served in tiny little bites and still look beautiful but sort of inedible. In the end it left me wanting to cook some Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and watch CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS - food and a documentary, American style.

Jeff Talbott
Jeff Talbott

Super Reviewer

A wonderful non narrated document of the creative process at the, now closed for good, culinary Mecca, that was El Bulli.


Film is shot and arranged in a very high-concept manner--so befitting of such an avant-garde restaurant as El Bulli.

j.j.s.p. w.

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