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Cooking With Albert: Mastermind-Inspired Simplicity

Hello, food lovers!

If you’ve seen our documentary, Constructing Albert, you’d have embarked on the captivating culinary journey of Albert Adrià, the culinary wizard behind Barcelona’s famous elBulli and Tickets. His exceptional talent for combining flavors, textures, and techniques is nothing short of magical.

But you don’t have to dine at his restaurant or be a professional chef to enjoy the taste of Albert’s creations. We’ve selected some simple recipes inspired by Albert’s culinary genius that you can easily whip up at home. Ready to embark on a gastronomic adventure? Let’s go!


  1. Olive Oil ‘Caviar’

Albert’s expertise in molecular gastronomy is no secret. Try your hand at spherification to create these little olive oil pearls.


  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Alginate bath (1g of calcium alginate dissolved in 1 liter of water)


  • Use a dropper to drop olive oil into the alginate bath.
  • Let it sit for a minute until a sphere forms.
  • Gently remove with a slotted spoon and rinse in water. Serve atop salads, appetizers or as a garnish.


  1. Tomato Tartare

A fresh and vibrant dish, capturing the essence of Mediterranean flavors.


  • 4 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • Fresh basil leaves, torn
  • Olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste
  • Crusty bread, to serve


  • Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water for a minute. Peel, seed, and dice them.
  • Mix tomatoes, shallot, and basil. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve atop toasted crusty bread slices.

  1. Quick ‘Tickets’ Seafood Paella

Inspired by Spain’s coastline and Albert’s love for flavors from the sea.


  • 200g short-grain rice
  • 500ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 100g mixed seafood (shrimp, mussels, squid)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • Saffron threads
  • Olive oil, salt, and pepper
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  • In a paella pan or large skillet, sauté onions in olive oil until translucent.
  • Add rice and stir until coated. Add bell pepper.
  • Pour in stock and sprinkle some saffron threads. Stir occasionally.
  • Once half-cooked, scatter the seafood on top. Cook until rice is tender and seafood is cooked.
  • Garnish with parsley. Serve piping hot.


  1. ‘elBulli’ Inspired Chocolate Mousse

Albert’s take on the classic – light, airy, and a delightful end to any meal.


  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 50g sugar
  • A pinch of salt


  • Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl over simmering water. Let it cool slightly.
  • Whisk egg yolks with half the sugar until pale and creamy.
  • Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks.
  • Fold the melted chocolate into the yolk mixture.
  • Gently fold in the egg whites, maintaining volume.
  • Pour into serving glasses and chill for at least 3 hours.


Remember, cooking is an art, and like Albert Adrià, it’s all about passion, creativity, and the joy of sharing with others. We hope these recipes inspired by this culinary mastermind add a touch of gourmet magic to your kitchen.

Until the Next Culinary Chapter…

There you have it, dear food aficionados! A taste, a glimpse, a tantalizing tease of the genius that is Albert Adrià, all from the comfort of your kitchen.

But just as every good dish has layers, so does the story of Albert. If your curiosity has been stirred (or whisked, or sautéed) and you haven’t yet feasted your eyes on Constructing Albert, we can’t recommend it enough.

Dive deep into the documentary and discover the passion, challenges, and sheer artistry behind every plate.

Got a favorite recipe from our list? Tried a unique twist of your own? Or simply smitten by Albert’s culinary magic as we are? Drop a comment below; we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Laura Colladohttps://constructingalbert.com/
Laura Collado is a Spanish filmmaker known for her work in the field of documentary filmmaking. While specific biographical details about Laura Collado may be limited, her contributions to the film industry are notable. She co-directed the documentary "Constructing Albert," which was released in 2017. The film explores the culinary journey of renowned Spanish chef Albert Adrià as he seeks to establish his own unique culinary identity and restaurant empire. Collado's collaboration on this documentary showcases her ability to delve into the lives and stories of compelling individuals and present their narratives in a compelling and engaging manner. Laura Collado's involvement in "Constructing Albert" contributes to the film's portrayal of Albert Adrià's challenges, triumphs, and innovative culinary endeavors. Her work as a director and filmmaker has provided audiences with insights into the world of gastronomy and the creative process of culinary artists.


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