Spain plans world's first 'gastronomic university'
Spain is to open the world's first "gastronomic university" complete with a research laboratory to explore the mysterious chemistry of taste.
Student chefs will be encouraged to master the craft of "molecular gastronomy" under the tuition of Spain's most celebrated restaurateur, Ferran Adria, and encouraged to use scientific innovation to design the recipes of the future.
Construction began last month on the Basque Culinary Centre in San Sebastian and it will be ready for its first intake of students in September 2011 in a building that is designed to resemble a pile of stacked plates.
The university will be the first of its kind to offer a four-year undergraduate degree course in culinary arts taught in English and Spanish and a one-year master's degree, as well as shorter courses for cooking enthusiasts. (© Daily Telegraph, London)