Albert Adrià was born in Hospitalet, Spain, on October 20, 1969. In 1985, he left his studies in [field/subject] and joined the elBulli staff. At the end of 1997, with the release of the book ‘The Desserts of el Bulli,’ he embarked on the journey of the elBulli workshop as its director.
In 2006, he opened the Inopia Classic Bar in Barcelona, which was considered one of the most innovative concepts and regarded as one of the pioneers of the ‘gastrobar’ trend. In January 2011, 41º was launched, introducing a novel concept that aimed to establish a dialogue between the worlds of cocktails and snacks. He also initiated Tickets, which offered a fresh perspective on tapas in a fun and informal atmosphere.
In 2013, Pakta, a Nikkei restaurant, emerged from Albert’s admiration for Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. In September of the same year, Bodega 1900 opened, reinterpreting the tradition of vermouth. That same month, Niño Viejo, a taqueria, paid tribute to Mexican cuisine, followed by Hoja Santa, another Mexican restaurant in November.
In February 2015, the creative partnership between Albert and Ferran Adrià and Le Cirque du Soleil was announced in the Heart Ibiza project. In January 2017, Chef Albert unveiled Enigma, the final concept completing the elBarri project in Barcelona, reflecting his most exquisite and sophisticated vision of a luxury gastronomic experience.
In 2018, he returned to London’s Café Royal to establish a permanent establishment, Cakes & Bubbles, introducing a new concept of a sweet pastry shop/restaurant. Since 2020, he has been involved in the conceptualization of a multi-space project in New York in collaboration with José Andrés, Mercado Little Spain.
In June 2022, Enigma reopened its doors with a renewed concept that Albert had developed during the two years of closure. The Chef is currently fully dedicated to the Enigma restaurant and various R&D projects with food companies.