help jules find a date for el bulli

el bulli
photo credit: Ian L

You might think it’s a sad state of affairs when a restaurant reservation out lasts a relationship. But when said reservation is for the best restaurant in the world and was secured over 12 months in advance – it doesn’t seem quite so tragic.

Last month, sadly, the Irishman and I parted ways. And so I found myself with a ticket to Spain, a reservation at the best restaurant in the world – and no one to share it with.

At the suggestion of my writing mentor I decided to hold a competition to find myself a blind date for the 15th December 2009. And here we are.

what is el Bulli?

According to some, elBulli is the best restaurant in the world and has been for the last few years. It is notoriously difficult to snag a chance to dine there – in 2008 there were over 2 million requests for 8000 tables.

I haven’t seen any stats on the 2009 season but given that it closes around the 20th December, I’m thinking I just scraped in – landing a table on the 15th.

who is jules?

Jules Clancy (thats me) is a food blogger and the type of girl who plans her holidays around restaurant reservations. I am always thinking about my next meal and have excellent table manners.

As a food scientist I’m really excited about the work of Ferran Adria and that someone is finally bringing some glamour to the profession. While my personal cooking style is much more conventional and minimalist, I can’t wait to experience the crazy language of el Bulli.

If that hasn’t convinced you that this competition is worth entering and that I’d make an excellent dining companion – you can read more about my story HERE.

how it works

i. Check to see if your diary and budget will allow you to be in Spain on Tuesday 15th December 2009.

ii. Email me – jules[at]thestonesoup[dot]com and convince me that you are the best person to share my evening at el bulli.
points will be given for humour and creativity.

iii. Cross your fingers

Entries close Sunday 15th November 2009.

The fine print.

The winning entrant will be notified by email and the results published on stonesoup – unless the winner wishes to remain anonymous.

The winner will be responsible for all their own travel and accommodation costs they will also be expected to pay their own way for dinner.

It is at the discretion of the winner whether the date is in fact blind, or whether there is a meeting prior to the 15th Dec.

The judge’s decision will be final and no other correspondence shall be entered into.


A big THANKYOU to everyone who got involved.

The competition ended up being much much bigger than I ever dreamed. I’d asked my friend Heidi who lives in London to come with me if I didn’t get any entries – I think she’s a little disappointed.

To view the winning entry check out my tumblr page HERE.

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