Erasmus in Spanish Cuisine, a good way for foreign students to know more about the rich gastronomy of our country.

If you mix the fine cuisine, the rich culture and the variety of leisure offered for foreign students, the result is an unusual recipe which is called Erasmus en la Cocina Espanola.(Erasmus in Spanish Cuisine).

The courses have an average duration of 90 minutes and they are being held in the two centres that CSHM owns. One in Valencia and the other in Madrid. They can apply for Erasmus scholarship. For further information, it is best to go directly online on the CSHM website. Those who are interested can also keep up with our news on Facebook.

But, how is it started? A study on the behaviour and activities of foreign students who visit our country is the original start of the project. This was in 2014. The results of the report revealed ‘a surprising interest’ by these young people in the Spanish gastronomy. So Centro Superior Hostelería de Mediterraneo(CSHM), promoter of the study, they took up the conclusions, after investigating the educational offer of the available courses, the research revealed the courses were too long and too numerous, they have now one the most original creations.

“The gastrocultural courses were quite limited and they were too long or too expensive. That’s why we decided to create more short and open courses aimed on Erasmus Students”, the direction of CSHM explained.

The aim pursued with these workshops is twofold: introduce culture and gastronomy. And the cuisine reveals a lot about the variety and wealth of a country, an aspect where Spain can boast on. When designing the courses, they were clear at CSHM: “Our country stands for certain star products who are well known worldwide. So the workshops includes these products, their development and all those necessary knowledge. The products are: olive oil, tapas, ham, cheese, sangria, wines…”. CSHM sources said.

Expanding horizons

For it’s promoters, these workshops or short courses, plus instruction on our gastronomic culture, are really necessary for students who visit us abandon the stereotype they often have of the Spanish cuisine. With these courses, the vision of young participants will enrich substantially. “Spain, among other factors, is world renowned for its Mediterranean diet, for its quality products and unique flavors. The impression is incredibly positive, our products, our lands, how to grow…. Absolutely everything got their attention. You will discover a fusion of delicious flavors, expanding their horizons concerning to the Spanish cuisine”.

The strength of the Spanish cuisine lies in the mix, in sharing the old and the new, the usual and special, is the force of the cuisine that teach: “The specialty of CSHM is the merger of the old traditional cuisine and using new technologies, and to realize the facilities which are necessary for our students”. For example, rice-based dishes and Spanish tortilla too. The rice and paellas have an important place at CSHM, although it is not everything that defines our center. From our point of view, traditional dishes and contemporary dishes are equally important”.

But, really serve them these workshops to learn or straight after, students return to the common and usual pasta with tomato pot? “The purpose of these workshops is to provide participants with the basic knowledge to be able to learn traditional Spanish dishes during the course,” sentencing from CSHM. In this way, they have the tools to continue growing further into the gastronomic field.


Marca España,

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“It is a fundamental pillar of this project, we speak of the strongest reference for Spanish cuisine” note from the direction of CSHM. And added: “Marca España, as the same suggests, the strongest reference of Spanish gastronomy, is our guarantee of quality. It honours us and build the trust of students to will take the courses”. The center also has other partners, “such as agricultural cooperatives or agricultural producers, which are involved in the offered workshops and publicizing their products.”

In addition to these grants, the collaboration with chefs in a recognized category, is equally important to be able to complete this experience. How could it be otherwise in a country, Spain, with an infinite number of temples of restoration that are adorned with Michelin stars, and where it is considered that there is the best restaurant in the world, El Celler de Can Roca. “CSHM collaborates with all those great chefs who wants to publish the Spanish gastronomy all over the world. Culinary references such as Quique Dacosta, Martin Berasategui, David Muñoz, etc … Our students have the opportunity to realize an internship in these restaurants and work with a team of professionals to expand their knowledge and to improve their skills”.

Erasmus and Spain

As noted, the recipients of these workshops are students of the Erasmus program. We’ve all heard of it, for sure, but do we know exactly what it is about? And what is the role of our country? Part by part.

The Erasmus program started in 1987 to enable the educational exchange between students from European countries. This initiative allows the realization of a course at a higher education institution from a country other than their own. What the European Union sought with this project is to improve the knowledge of the participants, which not only benefit educationally, but also with the language and culture of the temporarily host country.

Spain is the most attractive destination for participants of this program. In fact, a survey of the European Union points out that, by 2014, our country was still preferred by European students for a course outside their place of origin; So almost 15% of more than 268,000 participants in the Erasmus programme chose for the Spanish option to pursue their studies.

The courses have an average duration of 90 minutes are being held on the two centres CSHM owns. One in Valencia and the other in Madrid. They can have access for the Erasmus scholarship. For further information, it is best to go directly online to the website of CSHM. Those wo are interested can also keep up with their news through Facebook.

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