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World’s “Best Restaurant” Closes (30th July, 2011)

A Spanish restaurant that was voted best in the world five times has closed. The El Bulli, run by award-winning chef Ferran Adria, served its final meals this week. He created a special 49-course menu as a final farewell. The lucky customers on Mr Adria’s last night were his staff and their families. The courses included some of Adria’s unique creations, such as squid and coconut ravioli, roses with ham wonton and melon water, and blackberry risotto. The famous restaurant will now become a centre for food creativity under the name of the El Bulli Foundation.

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El Bulli opened in 1984. It was named best restaurant in the world a record five times by the ‘Restaurant’ magazine, which used the opinions of around 800 chefs, critics and food experts. Mr Adria never believed his restaurant deserved the title of the world’s best. He said: "It is not the best restaurant in the world because that does not exist." However, it was an unusual eatery. The food mixed cooking with chemistry and science; it was closed at lunch time so staff could develop new dishes; it only served 50 customers a day for six months of the year; and it never made a profit.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1


1.

voted best in the world

a.

creations

2

award-

b.

farewell

3.

He created a special 49-

c.

winning chef

4.

a final

d.

food creativity

5.

some of Adria’s unique

e.

five times

6.

a centre for

f.

course menu

Paragraph 2


1.

El Bulli opened

a.

around 800 chefs

2

the opinions of

b.

chemistry

3.

that does not

c.

in 1984

4.

The food mixed cooking with

d.

a profit

5.

it only served 50

e.

exist

6.

it never made

f.

customers a day


LISTENING GAP FILL


A Spanish restaurant that was ________________ world five times has closed. The El Bulli, run ________________ chef Ferran Adria, ________________ meals this week. He created a special 49-course menu ________________. The lucky customers on Mr Adria’s last night were his staff and their families. The courses ________________ Adria’s unique creations, such as squid and coconut ravioli, roses with ham wonton and melon water, and blackberry risotto. The famous restaurant will now become a centre ________________ under the name of the El Bulli Foundation.
El Bulli opened in 1984. It was named best restaurant in the ________________ five times by the ‘Restaurant’ magazine, which ________________ of around 800 chefs, critics and food experts. Mr Adria never believed his restaurant deserved the title of the world’s best. He said: "It is not the best restaurant in the world because that ________________." However, it was an ________________. The food mixed cooking with chemistry and science; it was closed at lunch time so ________________ new dishes; it only served 50 customers a day for six months of the year; and it never ________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE


A Spanish restaurant that was (1) ____ best in the world five times has closed. The El Bulli, run by award-winning chef Ferran Adria, served its final meals this week. He created a special 49-(2) ____ menu as a final (3) ____. The lucky customers on Mr Adria’s last night were his staff and their families. The courses included some of Adria’s unique creations, such (4) ____ squid and coconut ravioli, roses with ham wonton and melon water, and blackberry risotto. The (5) ____ restaurant will now become a centre for food creativity (6) ____ the name of the El Bulli Foundation.
El Bulli opened in 1984. It was named best restaurant in the world a record five times by the ‘Restaurant’ magazine, which used the (7) ____ of around 800 chefs, critics and food (8) ____. Mr Adria never believed his restaurant deserved the title of the world’s best. He said: "It is not the best restaurant in the world because (9) ____ does not exist." However, it was an unusual eatery. The food (10) ____ cooking with chemistry and science; it was closed at lunch time (11) ____ staff could develop new dishes; it only served 50 customers a day for six months of the year; and it never (12) ____ a profit.
Put the correct words from this table into the article.


1.

(a)

voting

(b)

votes

(c)

voted

2.

(a)

course

(b)

case

(c)

cause

3.

(a)

very well

(b)

farewell

(c)

well

4.

(a)

has

(b)

was

(c)

as

5.

(a)

fame

(b)

famously

(c)

famous

6.

(a)

under

(b)

below

(c)

before

7.

(a)

onions

(b)

opinions

(c)

openings

8.

(a)

experts

(b)

expats

(c)

expects

9.

(a)

that

(b)

those

(c)

them

10.

(a)

mixture

(b)

mixed

(c)

mixes

11.

(a)

sew

(b)

such

(c)

so

12

(a)

did

(b)

made

(c)

was


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.


Paragraph 1

1.

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2.

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3.

a special 49-roseuc menu

4.

his safft and their families

5.

faousm restaurant

6.

a centre for food rteicitvya

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a decrro five times

8.

onpsoiin of around 800 chefs

9.

critics and food pseretx

10.

that does not stixe

11.

develop new dhesis

12.

it never made a tiorpf


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.


(    )

El Bulli opened in 1984. It was named best restaurant in the world a record five

(    )

times by the ‘Restaurant’ magazine, which used the opinions of around 800 chefs, critics and food

(    )

winning chef Ferran Adria, served its final meals this week. He created a special 49-

(    )

best restaurant in the world because that does not exist." However, it was an unusual eatery. The food mixed

(    )

course menu as a final farewell. The lucky customers on Mr Adria’s last night were his staff and their

(    )

experts. Mr Adria never believed his restaurant deserved the title of the world’s best. He said: "It is not the

(    )

families. The courses included some of Adria’s unique creations, such as squid and

1  )

A Spanish restaurant that was voted best in the world five times has closed. The El Bulli, run by award-

(    )

now become a centre for food creativity under the name of the El Bulli Foundation.

(    )

cooking with chemistry and science; it was closed at lunch time so staff could develop new

(    )

coconut ravioli, roses with ham wonton and melon water, and blackberry risotto. The famous restaurant will

(    )

dishes; it only served 50 customers a day for six months of the year; and it never made a profit.


WORD JUMBLE


With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.


1.

was that restaurant Spanish A world the in best voted.

2.

menu special 49 He - created course a.

3.

lucky last customers night on Mr The Adria’s.

4.

creations unique Adria’s of some included Courses.

5.

centre food a for creativity Become.

6.

5 Best the record in a times restaurant world.

7.

chefs 800 around of opinions the Used.

8.

it , However eatery unusual an was.

9.

staff new could So dishes develop.

10.

months served a six only customers for It 50 day.


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING


Write about restaurants for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.
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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
2. RESTAURANTS: Search the Internet and find more information about award-winning restaurants. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the El Bulli restaurant. Include imaginary interviews with the owner and customers. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
5. LETTER: Write a letter to a restaurant expert. Ask him/her three questions about restaurants. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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