HONG KONG — A rare chance to dine with world-famous Spanish restaurateur Ferran Adria sold at auction recently for 180,000 Hong Kong dollars, or $23,200.
Bidding started at HK $5,000 (about $640) for the meal with Adria, often cited as the planet’s most talented and imaginative chef. His now-closed restaurant elBulli was rated the world’s best five times by British magazine The Restaurant.
An online bidder beat out four others at the Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong.
The winner gets the chance to dine with Adria and his brother in a restaurant in Barcelona and visit the premises of the elBulli restaurant, in Catalonia, Spain.
Another ticket to the dinner will be auctioned off April 26 in New York.
“Everybody knew there was just one chance to get this lot of spending time with the great chef Ferran Adria, in his hometown of Barcelona. And this will probably never happen again,” said Serena Sutcliffe, international head of wine at Sotheby’s.
After maintaining an exceptional Michelin three-star status for more than a decade, elBulli closed in July 2011.
Adria, who was in charge of the elBulli kitchen for 27 years, says the dinner offers a rare opportunity to discuss food and cooking ideas with him.
The proceeds of the auc- tion will go to the elBulli Foundation, a project set up by Adria and business part-ner Juli Soler, which will turn the restaurant into an experimental center look- ing at the process of culi- nary innovation and creativity.