1997. The workshop in the Aquarium.
After the development squad in 1994 and the off-season workshop in the Talaia restaurant in Barcelona, we
gradually came round to the idea of the need to set up a workshop, but we did not know how and where to do so. Joël Robuchon had something to do with
it when he advised us to separate our creative work from the restaurant service. The first step that occurred to us, and the most reasonable, was
to visit a culinary workshop to see how it worked, and on that basis, set up our own tailor-made workshop. But to our surprise, after asking a good
many professionals in the sector, we realised that nobody knew of any establishment of this type. So we decided that, rather than taking on too much
risk at the start, we would set up our workshop in the premises of our outside catering company in the Barcelona Aquarium. In the beginning, we made
use of a corner of the office for our theory work, and a section of the kitchen for our experiments. Albert and Oriol devoted themselves exclusively
to the Workshop, while Ferran divided his time between there and his work in elBulli.
Oriol Castro and Ferran Adrià in a theory session in the workshop.