Madrid Fusion 2014 gets under way

Madrid Fusion 2014 gets under way


Once again Madrid has become the world’s capital city of cooking. The Madrid Fusion International Gastronomy Summit is back for the twelfth time, under this year’s slogan of “Inspiration is Out on the Street”, and with talks, demonstrations, master classes, tastings and conferences bringing together more than a hundred international chefs from 15 countries, and with 30 products in the spotlight.

One of the new features this year is that attendants can enjoy two conferences in one. In the morning the Conference Centre hosts Madrid Fusion 2014, dealing mainly with modern, cutting-edge cuisine, whereas in the afternoon Saborea España is about more traditional aspects of cooking.

From 27 to 29 January, top chefs such as Joan Roca, Quique Dacosta and Gert de Mangeleer will discuss quality cooking on an urban theme, exploring city restaurants that have one eye on the countryside, such as those of Eneko Atxa and Pascal Barbot. Others will focusing on seafood, as is the case with Ángel León, the Flemish Filip Claeys and the Sicilian star Pino Cuttaia. And there are those who turn their back to all that and stick to purely rural influences, such as the Flemish Kobe Desramaults and the fabulous Michel Bras.

Cities such as Istanbul, Bangkok, Lima, Washington, Tokyo, New York, Paris and Buenos Aires, together with smaller towns such as Bruges, Gerona and Agrigento, among others, will act as inspiration for the superb chefs in attendance, while discovering new areas of culinary innovation, such as the Andes mountain range.

As well as all this, Ferran Adrià, through the team at elBulliFundation, will formulate the 50 questions that will change the way we think about cooking. This world-first will take place almost simultaneous in New York and Madrid, opening up whole new areas of knowledge.

There will also be a homage to the melting pot of talent that is El Celler de Can, and to the Spanish team that won the world catering championship, as well as revealing the hundred best Spanish restaurants.

To allow the whole city and its visitors to share in this gastronomic euphoria, the Gastrofestival will be held until 9 February, where more than 400 Madrid establishments and institutions pay homage to cooking not just from a culinary point of view, but also in terms or art and literature.