Chef Oliver Peña Luque - tentacle

Day 6 – Modernist Cooking Class and La Taverna del Clinic


We returned to La Boqueria to its demo kitchen on Day 6 of the Barcelona trip with Portland Food Adventures. We enjoyed a 6-hour cooking class/demonstration with Chef Oliver Pena Luque. He is has been/is/will be chef at the restaurants in Albert Adria’s modernist cuisine empire. Past was 41 Degrees, now he is at Tickets Bar where we would dine the next day, and he should be opening the new Enigma in the future.

Chef Oliver Peña Luque - Wendy
Chef Oliver Peña Luque – Wendy

We were up close and personal for the demonstration. As a lab professional, I appreciate the chemistry as well as the artistry of modernist techniques. But beyond making beautiful and playful transformations, I love real flavors.

It was a class for any foodie to attend, and we went home with the full instructions, should I ever decide to turn my kitchen into a lab.

Chef Oliver Peña Luque
Chef Oliver Peña Luque makes a leaf.
Chef Oliver Peña Luque Makes a Pearl
Chef Oliver Peña Luque Makes a Pearl
Chef Oliver Peña Luque - Leaves and Pearl
Chef Oliver Peña Luque – Leaves and Pearl
Chef Oliver Peña Luque makes a tentacle
Chef Oliver Peña Luque makes a tentacle
Chef Oliver Peña Luque - tentacle
Chef Oliver Peña Luque – tentacle
Cocoon
Cocoon
Flowers in Droplet
Flowers in Droplet
Not Sushi
Not Sushi

Our dinner for the evening was at 8:30 pm at La Taverna del Clinic. The chef was another old friend of Jose Chesa, Antonio Simoes. This was a very impressive meal with many modernist twists, all packed with flavor.

 

La Taverna del Clinic - Jamon and soda bread
La Taverna del Clinic – Jamon and soda bread
La Taverna del Clinic - Potato bites
La Taverna del Clinic – Potato bites

This was one of my favorites.

La Taverna del Clinic - Mussels
La Taverna del Clinic – Mussels

Such big mussels you have!

La Taverna del Clinic - foie gras
La Taverna del Clinic – foie gras
La Taverna del Clinic - octopus bubbi
La Taverna del Clinic – octopus bubbi

That’s potato on top.

La Taverna del Clinic - Steak Tartar
La Taverna del Clinic – Steak Tartar
La Taverna del Clinic - Canelloni with duck, mushrooms and foie gras
La Taverna del Clinic – Cannelloni with duck, mushrooms and foie gras
La Taverna del Clinic = Bay scallops and chestnuts
La Taverna del Clinic = Bay scallops and chestnuts
La Taverna del Clinic - Rockfish and Hake sucret
La Taverna del Clinic – Rockfish and Hake sucret
La Taverna del Clinic - Lamb and Mushrooms
La Taverna del Clinic – Lamb and Mushrooms
La Taverna del Clinic - Chocolate 3 Ways
La Taverna del Clinic – Chocolate 3 Ways
PFA International Dinner in Barcelona
PFA International Dinner in Barcelona

It was a delicious day, I would have liked to join with the rest of the group who were going on for drinks and dancing, since we hadn’t walked much. But a cab was available and somehow I ended up in it with a couple of others and back to the hotel.

Next: Sagrada Familia and Tickets Bar for the Finale

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