The Lehendakari and the Prince and Princess inaugurate the Basque Culinary Center
The Basque Culinary Center integrates the Mondragon University's Faculty of Gastronomical Sciences and a R&D centre that is the first of its kind.
The centre has become a milestone, transforming gastronomical training into a scientific discipline and setting up the first gastronomy degree in Spain. The heads of the project wished to celebrate the launch of this project via two different acts, thanking wider society for their support and the collaboration afforded over the last four years. The inauguration involves the special sponsorship of Euskadi Saboréala.
A point of inflection within the history of our country's gastronomy. Today's inauguration of the Basque Culinary Center elevates gastronomy to the level of a science and affords this discipline with the status of a university subject for the first time in Spain. This has been achieved through Mondragon University's Faculty of Gastronomical Sciences and Culinary Arts and the Centre for Research and Innovation in Food and Gastronomy. Thus Mondragon becomes the only university in the world to boast a R&D centre amongst its installations.
The Prince and Princess of Asturias, accompanied by the Lehendakari, Patxi López and the Vice-chancellor of Mondragon University, Iosu Zabala, the university to which the centre is attached, and the director of the Basque Culinary Center, Joxe Mari Aizega, visited the installations of this temple to gastronomical training along with a number of important figures. The act was attended by more than 200 people, representing institutions, the Business sector, universities and the spheres of technology and culture.
The Basque Culinary Center is thus launched with the objective of positioning gastronomy and gastronomical training and research within the Basque Country as an international reference point. The foundations are solid. A strong project, boasting the support of Basque chefs, who form a part of the sponsorship and act as ambassadors, the backing of institutions from all political leanings, companies, associations, which will be set in motion on the 3rd of October via the first degree course in Gastronomical Sciences and Culinary Arts in Spain and a R&D centre that will become a global reference point in this field.