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Aug 20, 2010 03:09 AM

Eating my way through San Sebastian- Hondarribia-Barcelona

Planning a trip to sample interesting flavours and pick up a few good cooking techniques. Found some excellent reccomendations for places to eat but not many for cooking classes! Any suggestions?

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    1. I lived in the Basque Country for 7 months in 2005 and fell in love with the food but was unable to find a short (1-2 day) cooking class anywhere at that time. When I asked my friends over there about it, the reply was typically, "We learn from our grandmothers." Sorry that this isn't much help but I wish you the best because the food is unbelievable and simple in the end but very technical so if you are off a little bit, it is a disaster. I hope things have changed in the last 5 years. But enjoy the food while there for sure!!

      1. I am in San Sebastain right now (been here 4 days). From what I have heard, there is a culinary center opening by 2011.

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        1. re: meatnveg

          In case anyone searches for this, yes there is a culinary center in San Sebastian but it is a private gastronomy club - you have to know someone to get invited. Apparently it's where the chefs go to cook for their friends and invent new techniques. Probably worth sacrificing your first child if you can get invited.

          1. re: dilemmalyn

            Aren't the private cooking clubs very old and traditional (and men only), IIRC there are quite a number of these and they have been going for centuries. If the Culinary Centre opening this year wouldn't that be different?

            1. re: PhilD

              The Basque Culinary Center is not a private club. It's a learning institution, and it looks like heaven for cooks.


              1. re: SnackHappy

                Nice, guess what I heard about was something different! The b center looks good. Apparently the private cooking clubs now invite women also, but only the men can cook (or so I've heard)

                1. re: dilemmalyn

                  Who guessed? I thought we gave information. First, the private clubs where friends meet are very established and very, very difficult to score an invitation to (unless you come with a TV crew). Second, there is a new culinary institute/centre that opened in SS this year (March), the public can go and learn although is seems to be aimed at professionals.