Google Arts & Culture and the Royal Academy of Gastronomy have released a new app that opens the Spanish cuisine to the world
Google Arts & Culture, in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Gastronomy, have created “Spain: An Open Kitchen,” the most comprehensive online exhibition on Spanish gastronomy ever created and the most relevant, the first that Google devotes to the gastronomic culture of a country – and that country happens to be Spain. Spain: An Open Kitchen was introduced by Amit Sood, founder and director of Google Arts & Culture, along with Rafael Ansón, President of the Royal Academy of Gastronomy, and chef Ferran Adrià, on March 26.
With a total of 55 exhibitions and more than 1,900 visual parts and more than 60 experts, in collaboration with the Costume Museum and Acción Cultural Española, this initiative aims to tell the stories behind the faces, flavors and cultural legacy that has converted Spain into a culinary reference at the global level.
Through this platform, users will be able to learn about the origins of well-known Spanish dishes such as the potato omelet, the tapas or paella; make wine tourism across Spain’s wine regions through an interactive map, and enjoy virtual tours through famed bodegas designed by architects such as Norman Foster and Rafael Moneo.
Ferran Adrià, chef of pioneer restaurant El Bulli, a global benchmark of our gastronomic culture, has just opened Mercado Little Spain with his brother Albert and chef José Andrés, a showcase of Spain’s best food products in New York –, saying that “highlights the efforts made over the past 40 years, combining the traditional with the creative.”
For his part, Rafael Ansón said that this project is “a unique opportunity to publicize our cuisine around the world and serves to demonstrate that gastronomy is – as painting, sculpture or literature – an authentic manifestation of the culture of our country.”
Amit Sood, also director of the Google Cultural Institute, was telling this morning why Spain has been chosen as the protagonist of this first culinary experience. He met Ferran Adrià, who was “the first person to teach me that the Spanish cuisine goes far beyond my comprehension, inviting me to open my eyes and understand gastronomy in a different way.”
Linking stories has given rise to a project to connect the art of gastronomy with all kinds of audiences. The result is a free app available in four languages (English, Spanish, French and Japanese, although they believe that in eight months’ time it will come with a built-in simultaneous translator that will break down language barriers), which gives access to an online exhibition, never seen before, on the Spanish gastronomy.
Spain: An Open Kitchen is divided into three chapters: “The Faces,” the people behind the Spanish gastronomy; “The Flavors,” traditional dishes and avant-garde proposals; and “The Fusion,” gastronomy meets art and culture.
Let us hope that this initiative helps our gastronomy reach the top spot of the world cuisine.
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