That particular vision has also, it's critical to point out, not been an exclusive Euro-centred one. It has drawn together wonderful meetings of cooks and various players from across the continents. The cuisine of Amazonia, pre-Czarist Russian cookng, the culinary treasures of Syria, have received equal footing with the innovators of Spain and Denmark, the Japanese influenced Peruvian kitchen, and the heroes of Nouvelle Cuisine

This year was the celebration of the 20th anniversary of this gathering, but it's only in the last few years that we've brought readers reports from there.

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from left: Joan Roca (Girona); Carme Ruscalleda (Sant Pol de Mar); Diego Guerrero (Madrid) Preceding page. from left: Diego Leon (El Puerto de Santa Maria); Martin Berasategui (Lasarte); Dani Garcia (Marbella)

Roser Torras, her advisory board of renowned chefs and expert journalists, and exceptional GSR team long turned Barcelona into a key hub for progressive gastronomy.

Back fifteen years ago I wrote for media such as The Toronto Star and Globe and

Mail, introducing Canadian readers to GSR's BCNVanguardia, a very similar congress
held as part of the mammoth food and drink salon Alimentaria. In those days when Ferran Adria was gaining international fame, he was there to be interviewed backstage, as was Toronto's Susur Lee whose words we also captured for The Star.

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