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More Details Emerge About Spain's Gastronomic University

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The building is meant to look like stacked plates.
The building is meant to look like stacked plates.
Rendering via Basque Culinary Centre

News about San Sebastian's molecular gastronomy cooking school first broke a few months ago, but even though it isn't slated to open until September 2011, now there's a few more details. Spanish-speakers can have a looksie at the official site, but some notable tidbits are below. Chefs, get those applications ready.

1) For the first time, gastronomy will gets its own academic degree, as the university will be the "first of its kind" to offer a four-year undergraduate degree course in culinary arts—taught in both English and Spanish. Also offered: one-year Masters degree programs and shorter courses offered "for cooking enthusiasts."

2) The world's two biggest most high-profile proponents of scientific cooking (and arguably the two most renowned chefs in the world period), Ferran Adria and Heston Blumenthal will both lecture at the school.

3) The little town of San Sebastian has 16 Michelin stars on its own and many of the town's chefs will participate as well.

4) As noted earlier, it will be called the Basque Culinary Centre. Construction just started on the building last month, and as you can see above, it is designed to resemble a pile of stacked plates.
· Spain to open gastronomic university [Telegraph]
· Molecular Gastronomy School [~ESF~]