Adria, who announced at the Madrid Fusion festival in Spain last month that he would close the restaurant voted as the S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant for four years running, for two years to develop new creative processes and to lead ‘a more normal life’.
Now, in an interview with the New York Times, Adria said he has decided to close the restaurant, which has been making an annual loss of €500k (£435k), for good.
“At that level of contribution I think we would rather see the money go to something larger that expands the concept and spirit of what El Bulli represents,” he told the US paper. “We had planned to use the two years to see how El Bulli could evolve. We’ve been looking at many options, but yesterday we decided that the foundation would be the most satisfying.”
Adria said the culinary academy would be a place for ‘free thinking and kicking around ideas’, and would likely work with other cooking schools around the world to teach students with the highest level of professional training.
El Bulli, which will open on 15 June until 20 December this year, will close permanently in December 2011. An opening schedule for 2011 is yet to be released.