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Ecuador, the next stop on the Basque Culinary Center’s international tour, led by Juan Mari Arzak

The delegation, which arrived in Ecuador on 23 July as part of its international Conexión Culinaria – Culinary Connection tour, will remain in that country until Sunday 27. The delegation is made up by Juan Mari Arzak, the General Director of the Basque Culinary Center, Joxe Mari Aizega, and the teachers at the Center Jorge Bretón, Angel Fernandez de Retana and Mikel Zeberio.

During its stay, the Basque Culinary Center delegation will participate in the Ecuadorean Gastronomic Conference entitled “Raíces” (Roots) and Juan Mari Arzak will receive the Ilustre Award conferred by the Guayaquil City Council.

The Conexión Culinaria-Culinary Connection initiative aims to foster innovation and avant-garde cooking all over the world. It also aims to forge connections between chefs and institutions from different countries who are active within the field of contemporary gastronomy, in order to set up an international culinary network.


  • Wednesday, 23 July 2014

    Arrival in Guayaquil.

  • Thursday, 24 July 2014

    Opening ceremony of RAICES in the “Salón de Honor la Ciudad” at City Hall.

    Juan Mari Arzak to receive the Ilustre Award.

    1st talk by the Basque Culinary Center “Cooking, tradition and innovation”.

    Round Table debate with 30 Ecuadorean chefs.

    Dinner prepared by Ecuadorean chefs and teachers from the Basque Culinary Center with products by Martiko and Bacalao Giraldo.

  • Friday, 25 July 2014

    Lunch at the city’s Huecas Tradicionales.

    2nd talk by the Basque Culinary Center at the RAICES conference:

    “The Basque Culinary Center, University Faculty and Research and Innovation Centre”.

  • Saturday, 26 July 2014

    Cooking Workshop for 400 people by the Basque Culinary Center:

    “The keys to the evolution of modern Spanish cooking”.

    Rioja Wine Tasting session with Sommeliers and members of the wine-making industry.

    Lunch and tour of the city of Guayaquil.

    RMeeting with the Deans and Vice-Chancellors of the Universities and Gastronomic Institutes participating in RAICES.

    Honorary cocktail at “EL CLUB DE LA UNION”.

    Visit to the traditional neighbourhoods “Las Peñas” and “Cerro del Carmen” and dinner.

  • Sunday, 27 July 2014

    Culinary demonstration by the Basque Culinary Center for 400 people, within the framework of the RAICES Conference COPA GASTRONMICA ECUATORIANA (Ecuadorean Gastronomic Cup).

    Signing of an Agreement between the Basque Culinary Center and RAICES

    End of visit and return home.