At the dawn of the 21st century, elBulli restaurant revolutionized the world of gastronomy, making chef Ferran Adrià the king of haute cuisine. Behind such a success, was an unrecognized creative genius: Ferran's younger brother, Albert. In 2013, Albert Adrià was considered the world's most underrated chef. Enigma, the crown of his gastronomic empire opens with a clear goal: to become one of the best restaurants in the world. This is Albert's attempt to escape the shadow of legendary elBulli and enter the Pantheon of great chefs.

"Filmmakers Laura Collado and Jim Loomis’s insightful and often entertaining documentary is a film about ambition, vision, obsession, and believing in the long game of destiny. For 25 years, Albert Adrià and his older brother Ferran ran a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Barcelona called El Bulli, widely credited as a revolutionary force that changed haute cuisine. Ferran had the greater experience as a chef and a larger personality, attracting the lion’s share of credit for El Bulli’s success. In the shadows was Albert, a master pastry chef who also contributed to the adventurous gourmet menu. When El Bulli closed in 2011, Albert took a year or two off to be with his newborn son—and then roared back into the industry with a master plan to open five new restaurants in a year. Each establishment is more boldly innovative than the one previous, culminating in the daring Enigma, conceived as a new paradigm for the dining experience. Along the way, Adrià becomes a man possessed, not brutal or meanspirited, but rather the captain of an untested ship in uncharted waters. When Enigma takes years to open, Adrià anxiously keeps faith in the mission. A strangely compelling and visually sumptuous film, Constructing Albert will appeal both to foodies and those fascinated by glimpses of Captain Ahab in unexpected places. Recommended. Aud: C, P. (T. Keogh) Video Librarian

Subjects: Culinary Studies, Business

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Additional Film Info:

Distributor: Juno Films
Directed by Laura Collado and Jim Loomis.
Run time 82 minutes.
In Spanish and Catalan, with English subtitles.
A Trueday Films production. 
In co-production with Televisió de Catalunya and Alexandra Film.
Year: 2017
Language: Spanish and Catalan, with English subtitles.