The Roca brothers–Joan, Josep and Jordi–now face the quandary of all the most successful people in the world: what to do for an encore? The Rocas are partners in the Celler de Can Roca restaurant in Girona, Spain, north of Barcelona, the newly proclaimed “Best Restaurant in the World” by London’s Restaurant magazine.
But the Rocas are not too concerned. They’ve been working on it for some time now, along with a team of 60 producers, musicians, writers, other performers and, of course, chefs. The result is “El Somni,” “The Dream,” a multi-media presentation in 12 acts that combines art, gastronomy and music and included in its first edition a 12-course meal for 12 distinguished guests. Essentially it’s a meal accompanied by opera, film poetry and painting, all whipped up in a soufflé of high tech. In other times a primitive version of this spectacle would have been called “dinner and a show,” but the brothers Roca have taken it to the next foofy level in an elaborate effort to overwhelm all five senses.
The show debuted in Arts Santa Mönica in Barcelona on May 7th for a dozen illustrious guests who included Zubin Metha, Miquel Barceló and Ferran Adrià. From there it will tour the world, eventually coming home to roost at the Can Roca restaurant in Girona. Here’s a link to the advance video for El Somni in which they discuss silence, art, fable, dreams, the vanguard, music, miracles, castles in the air, word games, ceramics, meditation space, voyages…
The Celler de Can Roca website includes a fascinating history of the Roca family in black and white photographs entitled Our Story-A Fable.
Photos courtesy of El Celler de Can Roca
See an update (in Spanish, with photos) from José Carlos Capel, gastronomic critic for Madrid’s El País newspaper.