(Albert Adrià, Ferran Adrià, José Andrés, et al / DVD / NR / (2017) 2019 / MVD Visual)
Overview: In the world of haute cuisine, the name Ferran Adrià is synonymous with creativity. Now, younger brother Albert strives to establish his own culinary reputation.
DVD Verdict: The much-honored Spanish restaurant el Bulli, which closed in 2011, was once considered the best in the world, but this intriguing foodie documentary reveals a rival - a sibling rival, that is.
While el Bulli's head chef Ferran Adriá was proclaimed a genius, it seems that behind the scenes simmering wasn't confined to stockpots.
Over a four-year period, filmmakers Collado and Loomis follow the story of Ferran's former partner and co-chef, younger brother Albert, as he steps out of the long shadow of el Bulli's legacy and stakes his own claim to fame on an ambitious string of five restaurants in Barcelona's theater district; each featuring a different wildly innovative cuisine.
At the heart of this growing empire is Tickets, a restaurant in which nothing is impossible, elevating the humble tapas to haute-cuisine. Next door 41° shines with a special light.
Conceived as a mini el Bulli seating just sixteen fortunate dinners, it explores the heights of culinary creativity. Albert's fertile vision does not stop there: Pakta, japaneseperuvian fusion with the Adrià stamp; Bodega1900, a homage to Catalan vermouth culture; Hoja Santa, an immersion into the depths of traditional Mexican cuisine; and Enigma, his most ambitious project, and the one he hopes to turn into one of the best restaurants in the world.
Each very different from the other, and yet al bearing his personal signature, 'Constructing Albert' shows how all his incredible, delicious meals are built from the ground up whilst also exploring the economic anxieties of creating these very same businesses.
This is Albert's proclamation of self-assurance, his attempt to escape the shadow of the now legendary el Bulli and enter the Pantheon of great chefs.
This is Albert constructing himself. This is a Standard Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.