Famed Spanish culinary trio the Roca brothers are planning to open a culinary lab near El Celler de an Roca, their acclaimed restaurant in Girona, Spain. According to Malay Mail Online, "opening a gastronomic research and development centre is the latest venture for the Roca brothers, who are also ambassadors for the United Nations and recently launched an online cooking course."
La Vanguardia reports that the lab will focus primarily on "research, teaching, and cooperation." In a Facebook post announcing the project, the brothers wrote that their goal was to "connect with the international community of chefs and stagiaires to cement a global culinary force that will take a substantial step to achieve universal food security under the umbrella of the United Nations."
The siblings have long placed an emphasis on giving back. As Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Development Program, Joan, Jodi, and Josep Roca are working to generate support for a network of training centers to instruct farmers in sustainable agricultural practices.
Their restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca, has for years been ranked in the top 10 of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. This year, it fell to number two behind Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana after taking top honors in 2015.
Elsewhere in Spain, renowned chef Ferran Adrià is planning to build his own museum/culinary laboratory on the site of el Bulli, his trailblazing restaurant that shuttered in 2011; he majorly scaled back plans for the complex following environmental protests, however.