Ferran Adria

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    On the Line: Alexander Dale of SeaLegs Wine Bar, Part One

    Chef Alexander Dale and I met the morning of Valentine's to go over his questionnaire. In the unusually peaceful wine bar, we covered topics that included his connection to Villa Nova and his juice obsession. You find culinary inspiration based on the weather. Any ideas for the recent rainfall and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Five Reasons Tasting Menus Are a Dining Scourge

    Done well, a tasting menu is a wonderful meal where the chef picks a theme and the kitchen shows off what it can do; you leave satisfied and awe-struck, and wanting to come back to taste the kitchen's prowess again. I've had great tasting menus in Orange County and outside of it, and I've had absolu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Mesamerica 2013: Dispatch by Geeta Bansal, Part 1!

    Every week, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of world cooking. Today, she regales us with a dispatch from Mesamerica 2013, one of the world's premier chef conferences. Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Geeta Bansal Interviews Sebastian Mazzola, Chef at 41° in Barcelona

    Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a visit to Barcelona, where Sebastian Mazzola is making his name at 41°. Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Geeta Bansal Interviews Elena Arzak, Best Female Chef in the World

    Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a visit to Luxembourg, where René Mathieu wows both royalty and commoners alike. Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    Geeta Bansal Interviews Albert Adria, Pastry Genius

    In the latest installment of Clay Oven chef-owner Geeta Bansal's interviews with master European chefs, she sits down with Albert Adrià, the younger brother of Ferran of El Bullí fame and the man behind the legendary restaurant's magnificent desserts.Enjoy!

  • Food

    May 10, 2012

    Anepalco's Cafe Has Le Mexique

    Danny Godinez's second restaurant serves Mexican meals in the French style

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Research Answers Why Western Food Tastes Different From Asian Food

    ​If there was a question that previously never really needed an answer other than "it just is," it's "Why does Western food taste so different than Asian food?" A few researchers from the University of Cambridge asked and sought to find out because, well, they're researchers.The study, recently pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    New Trailer for Anticipated Sushi Documentary Released

    Magnolia Pictures​There is already a movie about ramen. It's called Tampopo, which isn't just one of the best food movies, but in my opinion, one of the greatest films of all time. Now there's a documentary called Jiro Dreams of Sushi where the central subject is Japan's other ubiquitous dish: sus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    A Film Review Of El Bulli: Cooking In Progress

    ​As we posted earlier this week, the El Bulli movie Cooking in Progress will have its only LA screening at Sunday, November 27 at 2 p.m. at the Art Theater of Long Beach.I got to see a cut of the film: this is a review. Let it be known that this movie is for the diehard. It will be most appreciat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    El Bulli Documentary Screens in Long Beach This Sunday​You think you have to cook under pressure this Thanksgiving? Imagine being a young stagiaire and invent a new dish that'll impress the master of avant-garde cuisine Ferran Adrià. That's just one snapshot within the documentary film El Bulli: Cooking in Progress. The only Los Ang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    German Restaurant Offers Cave-Man Cuisine​Newton's law states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So in what seems like a reaction to the modernist/molecular gastronomic bombast of Ferran Adria and all his acolytes, there is a new restaurant in Berlin called Sauvage that serves cav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    On the Line: Ryan Carson of AnQi By Crustacean, Part Two

    Photo by Laila Derakhshanian​Are you seated comfortably? If not, we suggest a tall, cool drink to keep you company as our interview with chef Ryan Carson continues. Find out his connection to Disney, plus how lechon influenced his childhood. While we touch upon the topic of molecular gastronomy, k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    "The Most Influential Restaurant In The World" Gets a Movie

    ​Does the world really need a new full-length documentary about Ferran Adrià and his restaurant, El Bulli? The trailer for a new film called El Bulli: Cooking in Progress debuted last week on Apple's movie trailer website and when I watched it, I swear I've already seen the movie before, or at le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Geek Shopping Site Offers Molecular-Gastronomy Starter Kit for the Home Chef

    Can't wait for Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine to come out? Want to channel your inner Marcel and annoy your dinner guests with foams? If you've always known you can do better than Wylie Dufresne and Ferran Adrià, Think Geek--those purveyors of things you never knew you needed, such as Tauntaan slee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    On the Line: Danny Godinez of Anepalco's Cafe, Parte Two

    ​Photo by Todd BarnesBehold the second part of our interview with Danny Godinez, chef and head of the wonderful Anepalco's Cafe in Orange. Rather, behold it after the jump, where he dishes on the superiority of crepes over enchiladas, the raging debate about authentic versus fake Mexican food, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    On the Line: Danny Godinez of Anepalco's Cafe, Part Uno

    Photo by Todd BarnesGodinez putting the finishing strokes on his bomb-ass huevos divorciados​I must admit I wasn't blown away the first time I visited Anepalco's Cafe in Orange--found the chilaquiles a bit too exotic. But I'm always man enough to admit when I was wrong, and I've more than made up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    The 50 Best Restaurants in the World​According to this recent CNN article, the world's best restaurant is in Denmark. Noma, as it is called, finally dethroned Ferran Adria's El Bulli, which held the top spot for the past four years. If you're wondering how such a list is made, here's how: the "illustrio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2009

    Thomas Keller Signing Books at South Coast Plaza This Thursday, Nov. 12

    ​So if you're not on board with the upcoming local appearance of Adam Richman (a.k.a. Fred Savage's forever ravenous evil twin), how about Thomas Keller? Well either way, I'm willing to bet that last sentence of mine is the first to mention both names together in the same breath. Yes, Keller, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Five Interesting Food News Stories This Week

    Here are five interesting food stories that I've come across during a week of browsing. - Top chef Ferran Adria 'poisons' El Bulli diners with additives - Times Online - Organizations Attempt to Dispel Study's Food Safety Claims - QSR Magazine - Crafty Ways Restaurant Cut Costs - SmartMoney Magazi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Ritz-Carlton's Easter Brunch Is Fit For A King (Or Lottery Winner)

    Loads of restaurants are running special menus this Sunday, but the Easter Brunch (10am-3pm) at the Pavilions in the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, is one for gourmets and splurgers. At $84 ($25 for kids), it's only $4 more than the normal brunch, and for that you get the likes of: Slow Roas ... More >>

  • Food

    March 5, 2009