Meet Ferran Adrià
By: Annie Reed
World renown chef, Ferran Adrià, got his start as a chef in the Spanish military. He later began an internship at El Bulli in Barcelona, Spain, and in just 18 months became head chef. He is known for his molecular gastronomic style of cooking and experimenting with molecular structure of food, creating new textures, flavors, and temperatures. He is most famous for his work with foams to alter the texture of foods. Some of his signature dishes include liquid ravioli, pine cone mousse, liquid chicken, and Kellogg's Rice Krispies paella. Today, he is still the head chef at El Bulli but closes his restaurant for six months every year to travel the world in search of new innovative ideas.
Fruit Meringue Kebabs Recipe
Time: 20 Servings: 4
- 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large round apple, cut in half lengthwise
- 8 small strawberries, hulled
- Eight 1-inch pieces of fresh pineapple
- Eight 1-inch pieces of mango
- Eight 1 inch thick slices of firm, ripe banana
- Preheat the broiler and position a rack in the lower third of the oven. In a large stainless steel bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer, beat the egg whites at medium speed until soft peaks form. Beat in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time and beating thoroughly between additions. Increase the speed to high and beat the whites until they are glossy and hold firm peaks, 2 to 3 minutes longer.
- Arrange the apple halves on a sturdy baking sheet, cut sides down. Slide 2 of the strawberries and 2 pieces of the pineapple, mango and banana onto each of 4 wooden skewers.
- Using a butter knife or a small offset spatula, spread the meringue evenly over the fruit in a thick layer. Stick the skewers into the apple halves to keep the kebabs upright; don't let the kebabs touch each other. Broil the kebabs for about 30 seconds, turning the pan as necessary, until the meringue is golden and caramelized in spots. Alternatively, brown the meringue with a small blowtorch. Serve the fruit kebabs right away.
Ferran Adrian Demonstrates Alginates