304 pages, Illustrations, ports.
It was, arguably, the most famous restaurant in the world and perhaps one of the most significant and influential ever: the legendary 'el Bulli' in Catalonia, which closed in 2011, attained a near-mythic reputation for culinary wizardry. But what actually went on behind the scenes? What was the daily reality of life in the world's greatest kitchen?
The Sorcerer's Apprentices tells first-hand the story of a young chef enrolled in the restaurant's legendary training course. It shows her struggle to adapt, how she and the other apprentices learned to push themselves and the limits of their abilities, how they adjusted to a style of cooking that was creative in the extreme and how they dealt with the pressures of performing at the highest level night after night.
In past years stagiares have clashed with the severe demeanour of Oriol Castro, the restaurant's chef de cuisine; others have gone on to work at the restaurant. One was sent home each year, unable to fit into the high-wire act that is the el Bulli kitchen.
Complicating things even more, the stagiares lived together in shared apartments, so the events and emotions of their personal lives bled more than usual into the professional. The Sorcerer's Apprentices tells these smaller, more human stories as well.
At its heart, The Sorcerer's Apprentices is a quest: it tells the tale of a handful of aspiring young people who submitted themselves to a grueling challenge in order to be made better by it. It also offers an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at the most famous restaurant in the world, through the lens of those who, ultimately, made it work.
When el Bulli closed its doors in 2011 it marked the end of a culinary era.
Voted best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine an unprecedented five times, el Bulli was the laboratory of Ferran Adrià, the maverick chef who has changed the face of modern cuisine.
Behind each of the thirty or more courses that made up a meal at el Bulli was a small army of young cooks who realised Adrià's vision in exchange for nothing more than the opportunity to learn from the master. In The Sorcerer's Apprentices Lisa Abend follows a group of these stagiaires and provides a unique, behind-the-scenes account of the remarkable way that Adrià ran his restaurant and, in the process, helped create the next generation of culinary stars.
'Written with zest and insight… The Sorcerer's Apprentices deserves to become an enduring tribute to the rewards of dedication, as well as to the power of imagination'
'This brilliantly observed book reveals life at the bottom of the food chain in the finest restaurant on the planet' Financial Times
'A terrific read. And because it's just as interested in the people as the recipes, it's fascinating whether you're a foodie or not'
The Independent on Sunday
'The bulk of her perceptive and scrupulously researched narrative tells a different story, one in which food is both more and less than art'
Bee Wilson, Times Literary Supplement
Description du livre Simon & Schuster Ltd 2012-04-26, 2012. Paperback. État : New. 1849833222. N° de réf. du libraire Z1849833222ZN
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