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Discover Mugaritz


'Kitchen dialogues': an international debate on open source gastronomy


This international event kicks off on March 12th with the performance Kiss my Kiss by Mugaritz, followed by a two-day conference at the Basque Culinary Center, in San Sebastian, on March 13th and 14th.

Food, now more than ever, constitutes a universal topic. With the goal of thinking plurally about gastronomy’s current state of affairs, analyzing the challenges and opportunities of a cybernetic age, and above all, creating an interdisciplinary space for celebration,Mugaritz, Euro-Toques, and the Basque Culinary Center hold the VI edition of ‘Kitchen Dialogues’.

San Sebastian will host a three-day event with a program full of activities, beginning on Sunday March 12th with a performance by Mugaritz inspired by the world of candy. Then on March 13th and 14th, the six edition of the international conference at the Basque Culinary Center will take place, where acclaimed experts from around the globe gather to address current issues.

How do we learn to eat? What exactly is a restaurant? Can food become a religion? What lies behind the vegan and gluten free trends? How is hunger fed? Diners, what do they want? Is gastronomy an open source? How technology affects the way we relate to food?These and other similar questions will be addressed during this international event’s tenth anniversary, which includes conferences, round tables and creative synergy.

The program boasts world-renowned chefs such as Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca; Dominique Crenn, one of today’s most well-known figures with two Michelin stars for Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, and Mexican chef Jair Tellez of Merotoro and Laja.

Other famous participants include Ruth Reichl, former editor and top food critic at ‘The New York Times’; English historian Bee Wilson, author of First Bite: How We Learn to Eat; culture critic Steven Poole, author of You Aren’t What You Eat; and researcher-philosopher Luis Castellanos, founder of El Jardín de Junio. Famous Latin American writers such as Martín Caparrós, author of Hambre  and Entre Dientes and Héctor Abad Faciolince will also take part in this event.

The Basque keynote speakers include poet Harkaitz Cano, data activist and cyberpunkCarlos G. Liberal, and Andoni Luis Aduriz, among others.

For two days, gastronomy will be addressed as an open source, borrowing this concept from the realm ofciber technology.