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22 September 2017

Telefónica and the Basque Culinary Centre (BCC), the foremost school of culinary sciences in Spain and a worldwide point of reference in this field, have signed an agreement that will place the telecommunications company on the school’s Board of Trustees as technological partner. The agreement was signed by Joxe Mari Aizega, BCC General Director, and Luis Miguel Gilpérez, President of Telefónica España.

This agreement will result in the union of cooking and technology, with the goal of identifying and intensifying synergy and cooperation in either field through two leading organizations. Like the culinary sector in general, the BCC is undergoing an unstoppable digital revolution, and from now on it will have Telefónica’s technological support in becoming a centre for investigation and innovation in gastronomy and nutrition.

The first joint activity for the two organizations will be a congress on restaurants and technology where new technological advances and technology under development will be explored. The symposium, which will also enjoy the collaboration of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, will be held during the last trimester of this year in San Sebastián. It will include the participation of chefs, experts from the sector, technological entrepreneurs and businesspeople from restaurant groups. 

Generating opportunities

The generation of new opportunities will be another of the objectives shared by the two entities. Telefónica has a long history of supporting start-ups through different programs and business incubators distributed throughout Spain. The Basque Culinary Centre also has experience drawn from supporting culinary start-ups through its incubator Culinary Action. In the words of the General Director of the Basque Culinary Centre, Joxe Mari Aizega, “this and other initiatives from the BCC ecosystem will benefit symbiosis between culinary and technological knowledge, so we can be more competitive and generate new opportunities.”

Telefónica President Luis Miguel Gilpérez stated that “Telefónica’s investment in innovation in the culinary world is not new, and proof of this is our close cooperation with Ferran Adrià in his elBulliFoundation project and his work as Telefónica ambassador since 2010.”

In fact, Telefónica intends to work with the Catalan chef, considered one of the best in the world, to define the specific, tangible objectives of this alliance with the BCC. The objective is to focus on open innovation, entrepreneurship, job creation and finding talent.

“One of the principles that brought us to this technological alliance with the BCC”, stated the president of Telefónica España, “is that it fits with Telefónica’s interest in promoting gastronomy and technology in a common project with an international vision, with a special focus on Latin America.”  

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