1992. The first workshop.
In the summer of 1991, the sculptor Xavier Medina Campeny, a customer and friend of elBulli, had a
series of conversations with Ferran about art and creativity, after which he invited him to work in his workshop in Palo Alto, in the Poble
Nou district of Barcelona. The following winter, while Xavier carried on with his work, Ferran cooked dishes that they subsequently ate for lunch
and dinner every day, but above all, it was an unforgettable experience for him. Firstly, he got to know how a creative mind works, a world that until
then he had not been able to see up close, and it was obvious to him that what he was seeing could be applied to the world of gastronomic creativity. In
addition, it so happened that for the first time ever, Ferran was in a kitchen creating, without having to cook for a session in the restaurant. This was
undoubtedly the germ of the idea for the future elBulli workshop.
A page from the diary of the 'first workshop' written both by Ferran Adrià and Xavier Medina Campeny.