Constructing Albert (2017)


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The most important revolution in culinary history took place in a remote cove on the Catalan coast. The Big Bang of creative discovery that was elBulli sparked from the minds of two brothers from a poor suburb of Barcelona, and gave birth to a new gastronomic universe. Since then the name Adri has become synonymous of creativity. Ferran is the famous maestro people know, however, with 29 years of a brilliant career behind him, the only recognition Albert has achieved is that of being the most underrated chef in the world. At just fifteen, without vocation or aspiration, Albert reluctantly started working with his brother. He soon found in cuisine a blank canvas on which to experiment and express his previously untapped creativity. A character full of contradiction, Albert's career progressed far from the media spotlight that shone on Ferran during the rise of elBulli. A self-proclaimed outsider, Albert has never sought fame and fortune. He concentrated in fighting the monsters of pure creativity, leading elBarri Taller, the R&D department that came up with the innovations and techniques which lead elBulli to the pinacle of global cuisine. Two years after elBulli closed its doors, Albert is in the midst of a herculean creative adventure. In Parallel, Barcelona's crumbling theatre district, Albert is building a gastronomic mile. At the heart of this growing empire is Tickets, a restaurant in which nothing is impossible, elevating the humble tapas to haute-cuisine. Next door 41 shines with a special light. Conceived as a mini elBulli seating just sixteen fortunate dinners, it explores the heights of culinary creativity. Albert's fertile vision does not stop there: Pakta, japanese-peruvian fusion with the Adri stamp; Bodega1900, a homage to Catalan vermouth culture; Hoja Santa, an immersion into the depths of traditional mexican cuisine; and Enigma, his most ambitious project, and the one he hopes to turn into one of the best restaurants in the world. Each very different from the other, they all bear his personal signature. This is Albert's proclamation of self-assurance, his attempt to escape the shadow of the now legendary elBulli and enter the Pantheon of great chefs. This is Albert constructing himself.

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Laura Collado and Jim Loomis dive deep into the psyche of Albert Adrià in the documentary "Constructing Albert," which follows the chef on a journey to push the boundaries of fine dining.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The movie is 82 minutes of Albert nattering on about wanting to be better, but he talks about food only in the abstract.

Jul 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The film... shows how these meals are built from the ground up, and with backbreaking work. It also addresses, albeit not with too much specificity, the economic anxieties of creating these businesses.

Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Laura Collado and Jim Loomis' cleverly edited and deliciously photographed food porn is a tasty peek at the cutthroat culinary world and one of its most mysterious figures.

Jun 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It will satisfy the appetites of both the curious and food-focused alike.

Jan 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Mildly entertaining, but mostly dull, hagiographic and occasionally drags.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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