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Students' Experiences in Spain

Bachelor (undergraduate) students at The Culinary Institute of America have the option to travel to Spain for a guided food tour of the country with CIA Chef-Instructor Joseba Encabo. Students spend three weeks in country, starting and ending in Madrid, visiting markets, food experts, fine restaurants, and much more. Download this year's travel itinerary (Word Document, 122 KB). Find out more about the BPS program at The Culinary Institute of America.

Read two former students' accounts of their experience on this great food trip:

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First Experience in Spain by Benjamin Davison

My first experiences in Spain came as a bit of a shock. Never having been outside of the United States before, I walked around Madrid in a mild state of shock: The history, the architecture, the people, and of course, the food were all so overwhelmingly different than home. But it didn’t take long for that pleasant consternation to turn into plain old pleasure. Once I submitted fully to the idea of this new and different landscape, my eyes were open to the wonders of Spanish culture.... (Click here to read more).

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Bull Fighting Isn’t the Half of It! by Rebecca Morris

Spain was always an enigma to me whenever I would think about its food or its culture. I immediately thought about the mastermind chef/scientist Ferran Adrià conjuring up carrot foam, the horrific bombings that happened in Madrid, and of course, bull fighting. On June 12, 2008, you could say that my awakening to Spanish culture began. What I came to find was a vibrant, passionate culture that contained so much more heart than I could have ever imagined. Now I feel like I am in on the secret of this dynamic, up and coming hot spot that is Spain.... (Click here to read more).

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The Spanish Institute of Gastronomy
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The Instituto Español de Gastronomía has been created to provide a central reference point in Spain dedicated to gastronomy, oenology and nutrition in a campus style structure. It is housed in the 17th century Seminario Mayor in Sigüenza, situated in the region of Castilla-La Mancha, one hour North East of Madrid. This is a unique concept in Europe combining professional level teaching and study with the sector’s cultural, commercial and service aspects all in one center.

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