The world’s first “gastronomic university” is set to be established in Spain and students worldwide will now have the chance to master the skill of ‘molecular gastronomy’ in state of the art facilities at the university being set up.

Ferran AdriaCristina Gamendia, Spain’s minister of Science and Innovation, was present at the function where the foundation stone to the university was laid. The construction started last month in San Sebastian at the Basque Culinary Centre and the first batch will commence September next year.

The courses being offered are a four year-undergraduate course in culinary arts, which the students will be able to learn in both English and Spanish, and a masters course of one year duration in addition to some short term courses for people wanting to improve their culinary skills.

Famous Spanish restaurateur and El Bulli owner Ferran Adria will impart skills to the students and it is believed that British chef and Fat Duck owner Heston Blumenthal will also be invited as a guest faculty.

The students will also be encouraged to bring in innovations based on scientific methods for preparing recipes for the future.