Pastry Chef Albert Adria of Inopia - Biography

Barcelona, Spain

September 2017

At 15, Albert Adrià left school to join his brother Ferran at elBulli. In two years, he worked his way through every station in the kitchen, but found comfort in the solitude of pastry. Adrià the younger gained hold of elBulli’s pastry department in 1987, and, for the next two decades, pioneered techniques in molecular gastronomy, helping to build the restaurant’s legacy as a temple to imagination in fine dining. With elBulli, the Adrià brothers transformed their corner of Spain into a gastronomic mecca, and Adrià earned the reputation as one of the most inventive pastry chefs of his generation. He left in 2006 for a change of pace, opening casual tapas spot Inopia Classic Bar in Barcelona. It was the first in a string of many new concepts.

When elBulli closed in 2011, Adrià and his brother sought to shake up the Barcelona dining scene. They developed the first culinary “amusement park” in the world, in the heart of the city. elBarri began with Michelin-star hits: modern tapas bar Tickets (also included on San Pellegrino’s “World’s 50 Best” list in 2016) and its neighboring cocktail bar 41 Degrees, followed by Bodega 1900, Pakta, haute Mexican Hoja Santa, taco joint Niño Viejo, and the architectural and design marvel, Enigma. Their most elaborate and surreal dining concept to date, Enigma is an imagining of what elBulli would be like in 2017.