Sotheby’s to Auction Off Dinner with Chef Ferran Adrià

Someone could soon be dining with the legendary Ferran Adrià

Sotheby’s will be holding auctions next month in Hong Kong and New York City, offering the auction house’s bidders the chance to dine with the 50-year-old Spanish chef, as well as a collection of wines from his famed El Bulli restaurant, and other items from the restaurant.

Ferran Adria

“The elBulliCellar comprises an exceptional and unique collection of wines, that was created and developed by Juli Soler and the elBulli sommelier team (Agusti Peris, Eloi Sanchez, Isabelle Brunet, Lucas Paya, David Seijas and Ferran Centelles),” said Adrià  said in a statement released by Sotheby’s.

“Due the transformation of elBulli from a restaurant to a foundation, we decided this very special and personal collection should be used to make a founding contribution to help ensure the successful launch of the elBulliFoundation,” said Adrià, who will be the focus of a new film.

Bidding for the dinner with the chef will start at 3,845 euros ($5,000).

“Over the two sales, 8,807 bottles will be offered, with proceeds benefiting the elBulliFoundation, which will focus its activity on ‘Creativity.’ The foundation will study the efficiency of the innovation processes, and how they are recorded and audited, using cooking as a language that interacts with other disciplines,” said Sotheby’s officials.

Chef Adrià’s Story to be Told on Film

Ferran Adrià’s story is headed to the big screen…

Vendome Pictures has announced plans to produce and finance El Bulli, a film based on the life of the 50-year-old Spanish chef, who served as the head chef of the iconic El Bulli restaurant in Roses on Spain’s Costa Brava.

Ferran Adria

Adrià, who taught a culinary physics course at Harvard University in the fall of 2010, is considered one of the greatest chefs in the world.

The El Bulli script was written by David Wilson and inspired by the Lisa Abend book The Sorcerer’s Apprentices: A Season In the Kitchen at Ferran Adria’s El Bulli.

Bardem’s Gold Medal Moment…

It may not be an Olympic medal, but Javier Bardem is still a gold medalist.

At a special gala event in New York City last night, Spain’s Queen Sofía presented the 42-year-old Oscar-winning actor with the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute’s Gold Medal, which is presented each year to Americans and Spaniards who contribute to the betterment of relations between the United States and Spain.

Javier Bardem receives gold medal from Spain's Queen Sofia

During the ceremony, Queen Sofía emphasized the importance of presenting the awards in New York, “a city that is the crucible of cultures, and that represents the force and the wealth of the ties that unite Spain and the United States.”

“I thank the queen of Spain for this recognition,” said Bardem during the special ceremony attended by distinguished guests, including former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Barbara Walters and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, adding that he felt “proud of being of a country with so many places and different colors.”

This year’s other medal recipients: Spanish chef and restaurateur Ferran Adrià and noted Peruvian photographer Mario Testino.

Testino, an artist from Lima who divides his time between London and New York, was recognized for his “exceptional talent that has made him a global star.”

“I dedicate this award to the thousands of Latin Americans who each year leave their countries to come to America,” said Testino, the man behind the lens of numerous magazine covers and portraits, including photos of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

In addition, Queen Sofia presented Oscar de la Renta, the president of the New York Institute, with the Great Order of Civil Merit award that King Juan Carlos awarded him in February.