ACAC introduced to World-Famous Basque Culinary Center

By Nicole Loretan​​ | on Thursday 7 June 2018​

ACAC introduced to World-Famous Basque Culinary Center

The Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia is the ‘new baby’ on the block in culinary arts education in Asia, and it was recently introduced to big players in hospitality, including world-renowned colleges and the Basque Culinary Center, critically acclaimed for its approach to gastronomy, training and research and development.

4th World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism

Both ACAC Dean, Markus Kalberer and ACAC founder, Pierre Tami, attended the 4th World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in Bangkok, Thailand May 30-June 1.

Throughout the two-day Forum, Pierre and Markus made important contacts and introduced the Academy to industry leaders.

Markus Kalberer (far left) and Pierre Tami (far right) with leaders of the world-famous Basque Culinary Centre

Markus and Pierre believe the ACAC can play a pivotal role and lead the way in promoting culinary tourism in Cambodia. The Academy’s infrastructure and skilled lecturers are key to spreading culinary tourism throughout the country. Cambodia’s famous food products, like rice, pepper, salt and palm sugar, among others, have the potential to attract travellers interested in exploring Cambodian cuisine.

ACAC meets Basque Culinary Center

Approximately 600 participants from 52 countries attended the Forum which took place in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference was organized by the UNWTO with the Government of Thailand and in collaboration with the Basque Culinary Center.

“Gastronomy is a major driver for tourists when choosing a destination, in spite of which the potential of gastronomy tourism has still to be seized as an intangible cultural heritage. Gastronomy tourism is about harnessing technology to tell a story about people and places to preserve and promote authenticity in local communities.” – UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili.

ACAC introduced to Basque Culinary Center

The UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism promotes innovative ideas that help develop gastronomy tourism around the world. The ideas put forward during the Forum are founded on sustainable development and explore new products that will help develop gastronomy tourism. During the 4th Forum, the UNWTO launched the Report on Gastronomy Tourism: The Case of Japan.

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