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Eating my way through San Sebastian- Hondarribia-Barcelona

Myth79 Aug 20, 2010 03:09 AM

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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    gdt9967 RE: Myth79 Sep 2, 2010 04:17 PM

    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. meatnveg RE: Myth79 Sep 3, 2010 07:01 AM

      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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        dilemmalyn RE: meatnveg May 16, 2011 03:35 PM

        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.

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          PhilD RE: dilemmalyn May 16, 2011 04:12 PM

          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?

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            SnackHappy RE: PhilD May 16, 2011 04:37 PM

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


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              dilemmalyn RE: SnackHappy May 16, 2011 04:59 PM

              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)

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                PhilD RE: dilemmalyn May 17, 2011 04:22 PM

                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.

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