Ferran Adria

Ferran Adria

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Author Profession: Spanish Chef
Born: May 14, 1962
Age: 54 years old
Birth Sign: Taurus

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I have a driver's licence, but the truth is that I hardly ever drive. I prefer to get around by taxi.

For me to go to a restaurant and eat something that is not only good, but totally new, is a double thrill. Double the enjoyment.

I don't dream at night; life has given me the stuff I need to be able to dream during the day. I'm very lucky.

I don't worry about the things I can't change.

I never even dreamed of being a chef, and that's fundamental.

Innovation, being avant garde, is always polemic.

Chefs have only been able to work in restaurants, high-end cuisine. Why? Why haven't they been able to find other scenarios? For those chefs who want to do avant-garde cuisine, should they be finding their income in a restaurant?

I was 18 when I first started working at a restaurant. I was a dishwasher. I only got the job because I wanted to go to Ibiza for vacation, and washing dishes was the only job I could find.

Everywhere the sky is blue. There are a multitude of cuisines and dishes. I think of them as the languages and dialects of food.

I am not a multimillionaire. I don't own a yacht or a Ferrari. I live in a 60-square- metre flat. My needs are simple.

I can't live without activity; I can't be sedentary.

I cook more theoretically than I do practically. My job is creative, and in the kitchen, the biggest part of my creativity is theoretical.

Just to eat is a gift.

Risk is to do something that 99 percent of the time would be a failure.

When I was a teenager, my idol was the Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff. He's the only person I've ever asked for an autograph.

Friends are really important, especially when you've had the successes that I've had. I've gone really far in my career, so they're the ones that keep you humble, keep your feet on the ground.

It's very hard to be an innovator at the highest level in any discipline. For some chefs it's merely about combining ingredients, but that's something you can do with your eyes closed.

Why not mix this and that? If soy goes well with fish, how come no one does beef carpaccio with soy? Why do we have such a taste and not another? It's all about culture. There is something, however, that I really don't like: bell peppers.

Ferran Adria making hamburgers... some thought it was crazy. But getting them perfect was a challenge. Plus I'm fascinated by all aspects of food.

I believe that if you eat well, you work even better.

The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways. Gene Hackman

I grew up loving horses. I was relatively obsessed, starting with my rocking horse at age 2, all the way through my painting and drawing phase. Diane Lane

Let us be the ones who say we do not accept that a child dies every three seconds simply because he does not have the drugs you and I have. Let us be the ones to say we are not satisfied that your place of birth determines your right for life. Let us be outraged, let us be loud, let us be bold. Brad Pitt age

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