San Sebastian Gastronomika, Spain’s oldest annual food congress and one of the biggest celebrations of world gastronomy, is launching an online webinar led by more than 50 chefs and restaurateurs starting today, May 4. There will be 10 weekly activities with morning and afternoon sessions such as presentations, live interviews and panel discussions. The new project called Gastronomika Live will center on gastronomy’s role during this unprecedented time.

“It’s the most ambitious professional gastronomy event presented to date, and it’s only the beginning of what’s to come. We want to bring added value by helping the industry keep training and stay up-to-date just like we’ve been doing over the last 20 years and until cooking activities recover,” says president of Vocento’s Gastronomy Division, Benjamín Lana.

Food creativity, company finances and new business and social models will be tapped by world industry leaders. Known chefs like Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur (who will be opening Gastronomika Live with his talk on the F&B sector’s recovery), Carme Ruscalleda of Sant Pau and Alex Atala of D.O.M. (Deo optimo maximo) will be joined by figures such as Spanish Minister of Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Luis Planas, and president of Madrid Fusion, Jose Carlos Capel.

“We want this to be an open forum where everyone who wants to is able to put questions to the speaker from home, and generate a lively debate” says San Sebastián Gastronomika director Roser Torras.

Two 30-minute sessions will be held at 10:30 am and 5 pm daily. The webinars will be announced on San Sebastian Gastronomika’s website and social media accounts. There will be polls and questions that will guide the audience in participating during the discussions. A text summary and a video of the session will be made available after each webinar.

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