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It's pretty impressive that the first-annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival was able to nab molecular gastronome extraordinaire, arguably the most famous chef in the world, Ferran Adrià. Not only was Adrià honored during the four day festival which kicked off last Thursday night, but that very afternoon Adrià engaged in a passionate three hour speech at the Universidad del Caribe. He discussed his favorite way to make orange juice (peel an orange and pop it into the blender - that way optimal nutrients are retained), his exploration of water/ice as a medium in cuisine, and his decision to close elBulli
He also offered a detailed explanation of his plans for the future. Plans that include his previously-discussed elBullifoundation to open 2014 in Cala Montjoi, Spain; a culinary museum or Centro Expositivo slated for 2016 in Roses, Spain; and a culinary bible of modern Spanish cuisine available online called LaBullipedia (like Wikipedia).
Adrià showed renderings of his sustainably-built elBullifoundation which will manifest itself in a series of futuristic-looking buildings, each serving a separate purpose. One area will act as an idea space where people will come together to think. He described another building as a work sharing space where elBulli employees plus other chefs will join together to discuss ideas. And the final, and perhaps most important edifice: the cocina or kitchen.
Adrià wrapped up by saying, "...if you have a dream, you can make it come true. I was just a middle class child in a middle class family. Focus on your path. On something that makes you happy and you will get there. Try to be happy. Those that are successful are those that are happy. Look for happiness and you will be successful. Don't look for success, you will not be happy. Think about it."
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