Top chef takes creative breather
One of the world's most sought-after restaurants is to close for an entire year so the chef can concentrate on new food ideas.
Spaniard Ferran Adria said the three-Michelin-star elBulli will shut in 2012 and 2013 to give him time to think and experiment.
ElBulli, in Gerona province north of Barcelona, was voted the world's best restaurant last year by the British magazine Restaurant, for the fourth year running.
It only opens for a few months each year and hundreds of thousands of would-be diners apply for the few table places available.
The chef is known for trail-blazing techniques in which ingredients are "deconstructed" and reassembled in unexpected ways, creating dishes like ravioli made of squid or freeze-dried foie gras.