“Ferran motivated me and I’m here to motivate the next generation” – Gaggan Anand, Gaggan
Gaggan Anand paid tribute to his mentor Ferran Adrià as his restaurant Gaggan became the only one since El Bulli to win a 50 Best Restaurants title four times in a row, from 2015 to 2018. The legendary Spanish chef’s restaurant in Roses, Spain, was No.1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants from 2006 to 2009, having first topped the list in 2002. Fittingly, Anand worked a stage at El Bulli as a young chef.
“I was the first Indian to work at El Bulli and the second Asian,” Anand said after the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony in Macao. “Ferran motivated me and I’m here to motivate the next generation.”
While some restaurants take success as their cue to keep doing what they’re doing, Anand sees it as encouragement to experiment and try new things, particularly for customers who visit twice a year or more. He installed a new test kitchen a year ago and is playing with Japanese ingredients and incorporating techniques and ideas learned from visiting other 50 Best Restaurants around the world.
Read the full interview on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants website
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