Spain to open first gastronomic university

25th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Basque Culinary Centre located at the seaside resort of San Sebastian will open in 2011.

MADRID – Spain's first-ever "gastronomic university" will open its doors in 2011 in the northeastern Basque region, which has a high concentration of the nation's best restaurants and is the source of many of its finest ingredients, organisers said Tuesday.

In a statement, Madrogan University said the aim of the Basque Culinary Centre which it will house will be to "guarantee the durability of Basque cuisine as a centre of haute cuisine and innovation in the future".

The centre, which will be located in the seaside resort of San Sebastian, will count on the "active" support of top chefs from the region such as Juan Maria Arzak and Eneko Atxa.

It will feature a "faculty of gastronomic sciences" and a "centre for research and innovation in gastronomic sciences".

The private university plans to invest EUR 14 million to develop the centre, which will offer undergraduate and master's programmes.

It will be the second such centre of its kind in Europe. In 2004 the University of Gastronomic Science was founded in Bra, a city in the northwestern region of Piedmont.

The verdant Basque region is home to 22 Michelin-starred restaurants and it produces some of Spain's best wines, cheeses, wild mushrooms, fish and other ingredients.

Chefs from the region have played a key role in helping Spanish food to emerge from years in the shadows of the cuisines of neighbouring France and Italy on the world stage.

AFP / Expatica

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