Gastronomika celebrates the 20th anniversary of the congress in San Sebastian by paying tribute to the revolution that transformed Spanish cuisine two decades ago.

The majority of its creators will take to the stage at the Kursaal to talk, cook and hand over the reins to new chefs in a new presentation format.

Paul Pairet, José Andrés, Yoshihiro Narisawa and Virgilio Martínez will explain the current state of world gastronomy.

20 years ago, a revolution started that has changed the world – that of Spanish gastronomy. 20 years ago, in San Sebastian, a culinary mythology was born, based on freedom and a borderless perspective that not only turned cooking upside down, but also transformed gastronomy into a global experience. And 20 years ago a congress was born that supported and encouraged it. Therefore, to combine the celebrations, Gastronomika 2018 will mark the 20th anniversary of the gastronomic congress in San Sebastian from 8 to 10 October and offer a programme to pay tribute to the chefs and the know-how that they presented to the world, and to those who followed on after them at the forefront worldwide. San Sebastián Gastronomika 2018, 20 years of avant-garde gastronomy; the start of the revolution.

For this reason, Gastronomika 18 presents a line-up featuring the stars of this limitless revolution. Juan Mari Arzak, Martín Berasategui, Pedro Subijana, Andoni Luis Aduriz, Hilario Arbelaitz, Eneko Atxa, Josean Alija, Joan Roca, Carme Ruscalleda, Quique Dacosta, Ángel León, Paco Pérez, Dani García, Nacho Manzano amd Pedro and Marcos Morán – who will put on a joint presentation – will take to the stage in different hitherto unseen performance formats. Many of them will be presenting for the first time to their prominent disciples (who already have their own restaurants in their own name for the most part) in a generous show of generational handover. The old stars handing over the reins to the now unknown but soon to be stars. The revolution that never dies.

In addition, Gastronomika 2018 is extending its outlook and linking past, present and future by inviting new generations of chefs to check on the state of the current Spanish avant-garde in every community. To do this, the event will be attended by Diego Guerrero, Iván Domínguez, Juan Carlos and Jonathan Padrón, Pablo González, Víctor Martín, Maria José San Román, Mari Carmen Vélez, Arnau Bosch, Óscar García, Xanti Elías and Yolanda León.

The current state will be reflected individually and collectively by four joint talks, in an entertaining format that the congress is adopting. The talks will be by the three Sandoval brothers; the Disfrutar trio; historical cuisine with Albert Raurich, Paco Morales and Miguel Ángel Mayor and the state of eastern Spanish cuisine with Kiko Moya, Alberto Ferruz and Ricard Camarena.

The future is sustainable

The future linked to the past and to the present of sustainability, one of the trends that the congress in San Sebastian wants to highlight. This will be discussed in a multiple presentation by leading chefs from all over the world, such as Germán Martitegui, Rodrigo de la Calle, Rodolfo Guzmán and Chele González. One of the international speakers at the congress, Virgilio Martínez, who will explain the state of world gastronomy and who is returning to Gastronomika after his appearance in 2014, will also talk about the need for sustainability and cook.

Pol Pairet and José Andrés, the state of world gastronomy

As part of the international presence, the Peruvian will be accompanied by the Italian Matías Perdomo and José Andrés, the great Spanish icon in America, also a child of the gastronomic revolution that this country underwent, in this case in the guise of elBulli. To conclude, Frenchman Paul Pairet (Ultraviolet, Shaghai) and the Japanese Yoshihiro Narisawa (Narisawa, Tokyo) will demonstrate the evolution of world gastronomy like few others.

With more important names yet to be unveiled, Gastronomika 2018 is presented as a show beyond imagination, a review of the legend and a journey into the future. The revolution that never ends…We are celebrating the start of the revolution and new gastronomic horizons on the 20th anniversary of the San Sebastian Gastronomy Congress.