2012 San Sebastian Gastronomika kicks off Oct. 7


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Start planning now! The 2012 San Sebastian Gastronomika kicks off Oct. 7. And this time the French are coming as the Spanish Basque gastronomy conference pays tribute to “the country that brought us Carême (a.k.a. ‘the king of chefs and the chef of kings’), Escoffier and Nouvelle Cuisine.”

Who’s crossing the border for the 13th annual event? So far super-chefs Alain Senderens, Pierre Gagnaire, Michel Bras and Alain Passard. Representing the great legendary restaurants, Anne-Sophie Pic (the only woman in France to have obtained three Michelin stars) and Michel Troisgros and for the new wave bistros, Iñaki Aizpitarte of Le Chateaubriand and Yves Camdeborde of Le Comptoir. Many more chefs, both young and in mid-career are promised, including a strong contingent of pâtissiers from France. Could that mean macaron king Pierre Hermé?


And those stellar names are just the guests of honor. With Spanish Basque chefs so much in the news and on the check lists of gastronomes around the world, the San Sebastian food event draws top chefs from all over the globe to participate, hobnob with friends, and fan out to eat in San Sebastian’s best restaurants. For participants, there will be workshops, classes and lectures, plus bartenders competing in the 2nd International Gin and Tonic Contest.

With five months left to go, the program is still in the planning stages. One piece of advice: If you think you might like to attend, make a hotel reservation now. You can always cancel. The site has a list of hotels and bed and breakfasts starting at 80 euros (about $98).

For more information on the Oct. 7 to 10 conference, go to


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