Albert Adria, Tickets and 41°, Barcelona, Spain

I have had many conversations with Albert Adria over the years, and last year I had published an article during the time he was working on his new restaurants planned for 2013. Pakta opened to a very favorable response last year and my next post will be about the restaurant, the team which includes a…

Franco Kisic, IK Restaurant, Lima, Peru

I never met Franco Kisic’s twin brother Ivan. Franco and I first met while he was working for Albert Adria at Tickets in Barcelona and we became good friends over the course of several years. Franco was an important player in the development of the Nikkei concept restaurant that the Adria brothers were working on…

Chef Sebastian Mazzola of 41°, Pakta, and El Bulli

My young friend Sebastian is off on another culinary journey to Mexico, Peru, Denmark and then California for inspiration, rest and to add to his repertoire of stunning plates and flavors. Last time I was in Barcelona with him in October  while he was the creative head of the Ferran and Albert Adria group of…

Virgilio Martinez, Central Restaurante, Peru and Lima, London

Looking back at the last year and my 200 plus dining experiences near and far from my home in California I can say that the one country, the people and the cuisine that has thoroughly captivated me is Peru. I was in Peru twice in a short span of five months and am now contemplating…