Anyone who has spent any time with anyone Basque knows how central the role food has in the culture. Just visit Donostia and wander la Parte Vieja, sampling pintxos to all hours of the night or partaking of any of the wonderful restaurants and you’ll see what I mean. Donostia is home to more Michelin stars per capita than any other city in the world. (Yes, even places like Paris.)
You know how important food is to the culture. So, it only makes sense that the Basque Country provide a center for learning about food, both of the Basque Country but also from all over the world. The Basque Culinary Center offers degrees in Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. There are also programs to become a Master in Innovation and Restaurant Management or the latest in Cooking Techniques.
BCC, as they call themselves on their website, is a project created by public institutions, Mondragon Unibertsitatea, AZTI-Tecnalia, Basque chefs and a group of companies from the food industry sector. The center, inaugurated on 26th September 2011, comprises a Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences and a Center for Research and Innovation in Food and Gastronomy. BCC is situated in the southern outskirts of Donostia, so it also offers the chance to experience this wonderful city.