Basque Culinary Center


Basque Culinary Center: Advance Knowledge in Gastronomy

The Basque Culinary Center, based in San Sebastián, established in 2009 as an ambitious training, research and innovation project, aimed at developing the culinary sector, with determined international aspirations and the idea of relating cooking with management, science and other disciplines.

The Basque Culinary Center has foundations in two organisations: the Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences, part of Mondragon University, committed to offering top-class training aimed at producing the professionals of the culinary sector in the 21st century, and a Research and Innovation Centre in the field of Food and Gastronomy.

It is a living Faculty where food enthusiasts and catering professional live side-by-side, where events, series of conferences and seminars and cultural events are organised.

In a unique building that has won several awards, equipped with the best facilities so that students can learn in the most effective and practical way possible.

A building that blends in with its surroundings. It projects an emphatic, innovative, suggestive and bold image. 15,000 square metres built in the middle of a campus surrounded by the landscape.

From research to an international role

The start-up of this gastronomic project set out with several goals. The most important of these were, first, to develop the potential of cooking as an innovative sector in the future, by generating high-level knowledge and training qualified professionals; second, the challenge of fostering research and knowledge transfer among gastronomy professionals, the business and knowledge sectors directly and indirectly connected with food; and third, to gain an international profile.

The Basque Culinary Center also pursues other goals in the management field, including the possibility of stimulating technology transfer and innovation in businesses in the sector, and creating new business initiatives and projects.

The commitment is a firm one: a strategic project with an international role.

This global role is also reflected in the profile of the students on courses at the Basque Culinary Center, which, apart from regional diversity among the Spanish, has attracted to the project students from others countries.