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The VIII annual meeting of the international council of the Basque Culinary Center, formed by some of the best chefs in the world, will be hosted by Massimo Bottura in Modena on July 24th.

For this annual meeting, chef members of the international council will be joined by artists, writers, film-makers and scientists, at the Collegio San Carlo and under the name “Transforming Society through Gastronomy” they hold a symposium to discuss the power of ideas, the strength of culture, the impact of science, the influence of art and they will address the way gastronomy has become a social movement.

This event, organised by the Basque Culinary Center and Osteria Francescana, will end with the announcement of the winner of the Basque Culinary World Prize, a unique and global award created by the Basque Government and Basque Culinary Center, for chefs transforming society through gastronomy.

*Attendance at this event is by invitation only (due to limited capacity). Those interested must register in order to receive confirmation of attendance.


  • 9:00


  • 10:00


    • Massimo Bottura
      (Osteria Francescana)
      The quality of ideas

  • Trans-pollination

    • Ilse Crawford
      Creative thinking

    • Daniele De Michele

    • Bee Wilson
      (Writer and Journalist)
      One bite at a time

    • Andoni Luis Aduriz
      You are as you eat

  • Discussion

  • 12:00

    Connecting with people

    • Gaston Acurio
      (Astrid & Gastón)
      Beyond the kitchen

    • Ruth Reichl
      (Writer and Journalist)
      An edible truth

    • David Gelb
      (Film Director)
      A chef´s table?

    • JR
      (Artist & Photographer)
      Turning the world Inside Out

    • Lara Gilmore
      (Osteria Francescana)
      Turning Squares into Circles

  • 13:30


  • 15:00

    Basque Culinary World Prize 2018: Winner Announcement

    • Bittor Oroz
      (Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy of the Basque Government)

    • Joxe Mari Aizega
      (Basque Culinary Center)

    • Dominique Crenn
      (Atelier Crenn)

    • Joan Roca
      (Celler de can Roca)

  • 16:00

    Challenges and opportunities foreseen by Basque Culinary World Prize Protagonists

    • Enrique Olvera

    • Leonor Espinosa
      (Winner of the Basque Culinary World Prize 2017)

    • Manu Buffara





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