Factsheet: La Bullipedia – The world’s first culinary Wiki
La Bullipedia will be an online database which will hold every bit of gastronomic knowledge ever uncovered. It is being created by Ferran Adrià – molecular gastronome extraordinaire, widely regarded as the world’s best chef – and Telefónica Digital who will help bring his vision to life, bringing technology to the core of La Bullipedia.
- Ferran Adrià shocked the world in July 2011 by closing his award-winning elBulli restaurant in order to found the elBulli Foundation. The venture is a centre of innovation allied with digital technology that would place haute cuisine under the microscope and provide a place for culinary innovation.
- Adrià’s approach to cuisine has been around research and the accumulation of data which he has used rigorously and recorded meticulously in order to create a database which underpins his work.
- Telefonica Digital has been working closely with Ferran Adrià and his team to explore the possibilities of ‘Digital Food’ since 2010.
- The data within La Bullipedia will be shared so advanced data mining and analytics can take place.
- APIs and a software development kit (SDK) will allow third parties to write plugins that expand the creative toolset of the Wiki.
What is it?
- La Bullipedia will contain past gastronomic discoveries, rules and recipes, latest developments and creations which will come from Senor Ferran Adrià’s very own gastronomic R&D lab – the taller.
- The wiki will be interactive which allows users to post their own suggestions for new recipes, flavour combinations and culinary concepts.
The belief system
- Cuisine can be driven, not by ingredients, but by chemistry, physics, psychology, mechanics and technique.
- In order for cuisine to innovate there must be openness and a departure from the traditional model of chef secrecy.
- Creative platforms like La Bullipedia can happen in other domains beyond cuisine that rely on innovative knowledge, such as architecture.