Basque Culinary Center Summit

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Girona and the Costa Brava have, for the first time, hosted the gastronomic summit organised by the Basque Culinary Center entitled ‘Comida que acoge’ (Welcoming food), and the annual meeting of the International Council of the Basque Culinary Center.

Every year the meeting is held in a different city around the world. Lima, Tokyo, New York, São Paulo, San Sebastian, Mexico City, Modena, and San Francisco hosted the previous editions up to 2019. The last two years the meetings had to be held remotely, due to the pandemic.

Over the course of three days, various activities were carried out, including the meeting of the International Council of the Basque Culinary Center, chaired by Joan Roca and made up of some of the world’s most influential chefs, visits to important projects and restaurants in the province of Girona, and a free workshop open to the general public to reflect on gastronomic issues that was held at Mas Marroch in Vilablareix.

The 200 or so participants who attended the ‘Comida que acoge’ workshop enjoyed a meal at Mas Marroch, prepared in collaboration with local producers, some of them members of Girona Excel·lent. The meal showcased local culinary tradition, origins and sustainability.

The members of the International Council of the Basque Culinary Center and a selection of journalists and opinion leaders from various media outlets took advantage of the gastronomic summit to explore the province of Girona’s restaurants and gastronomic spaces and projects.

The event is backed by the Catalan Tourist Board, the Catalan Government and Girona Provincial Council, through the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board and the Girona Excel·lent quality seal.