Mediterranean Cuisine

    Bachelor’s Degree Concentration

  • Mediterranean Cuisine: Exploring Cultures, Traditions, and Flavors

    Live in exciting Barcelona, Spain and study at the Torribera Mediterranean Center at Santa Coloma de Gramenet, just minutes outside the city. During your semester there, you’ll take a deep dive into the foods of the Mediterranean Basin—long recognized as one of the world’s most naturally healthy diets—and be immersed in the history and cultures of this influential region of the world.

    Other highlights:

    • The Torribera Mediterranean Center: Food, Health, Culinary Innovation is a joint initiative of the University of Barcelona and The Culinary Institute of America, and is the world’s only academic center focused on preserving and advancing the Mediterranean Diet and the application of its principles.
    • Learn about key historical, political, and socio-cultural contexts that have defined the food cultures of the Mediterranean region.
    • Examine factors that shaped the culinary traditions of the region, including wealth and poverty, feasts and customs, and sustainability.
    • Build your understanding of the Mediterranean Diet in traditional and innovative applications from both a nutritional and culinary perspective.
    • Assess this cuisine with an eye on plant-forward trends of the 21st century.
    • Explore and evaluate key social and cultural elements causing the decline of the region’s adherence to the traditional Mediterranean diet, and advance the diet elsewhere around the world.

    Courses will focus on the Iberian Peninsula, southern and northern cuisines, and the Mediterranean diet itself. In addition, students will complete a self-directed capstone research project.

    Only students in the Food Business Management degree and Applied Food Studies degree are eligible for this concentration.