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International Council

The Basque Culinary Center's International Board is comprised of some of the world's most important and influential chefs. Its work consists of guiding the Basque Culinary Center's strategic efforts and providing the institution with a modern outlook, connecting the sector's global realities and catalysing them in this unique and far-reaching project. The Basque Culinary Center International Board's commitment and advisory work provides an international perspective, with experience as its cornerstone.


Presided over by Joan Roca, active Board members include Gastón Acurio, Massimo Bottura, Enrique Olvera, Trine Hahnemann, Dominique Crenn, Yoshihiro Narisawa, Elena Reygadas, Josh Niland, Narda Lepes, Pía León, Manu Buffara, Mauro Colagreco and Thitid Tassanakajohn; with the Board's founding members including Ferran Adrià, Michel Bras, René Redzepi, Heston Blumenthal, Alex Atala, and Dan Barber.


In this sense, our International Board is the body responsible for guiding the strategic work of the Basque Culinary Center: guiding our efforts, helping us identify opportunities, and opening scenarios for both discussion and action that contribute to the advancement of gastronomy.

Aware of how fortunate we are to count on the involvement of such talented personalities as our allies, and of the responsibility that our profession demands and expects from us, we seek to consolidate ties that translate into mutual and multiplying alliances.


The International Board's foundation is its annual meeting, where renowned chefs and experts from various disciplines come together in a different city to identify challenges, stir debate, and explore ways of pushing our profession forward.

For their part, the members of this board will support projects of various types: fostering contexts of exchange and reciprocal collaboration, content production, student apprenticeships (both at our headquarters in San Sebastian, as well as in restaurants around the world), and supporting each of these chefs efforts to accelerate societal impact through gastronomy.


This international network of chefs is committed to the realities facing the sector and society at large, meeting annually in a forum to share knowledge and debate topics as diverse as Sustainability, Biodiversity, Transformation through Gastronomy, and Seeds.
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