TMC Vision

The Torribera Mediterranean Center is a Barcelona-based, Mediterranean-wide academic center that addresses vital public health and sustainability issues through expanded academic, professional, and business collaborations. It aims to advance adoption of Mediterranean dietary patterns in restaurants and foodservice, in food manufacturing, and at home. TMC connects cutting-edge food and nutrition research with culinary, agricultural, and business innovation to translate scientific evidence into action. It is open to Mediterranean, European and other international partners.

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International Conference Connects Sustainability, Health, and Deliciousness Within the Mediterranean Diet

The Torribera Mediterranean Center (TMC), a joint project of the University of Barcelona and The Culinary Institute of America, hosted Tomorrow Tastes Mediterranean, its first international industry leadership conference, October 15-16 at the Edifici Històric of the University of Barcelona. On October 15, Joan Elias, rector of the university, also officially welcomed and constituted the…

The Mediterranean Diet between Heritage and Design, post by Fabio Parasecoli

Fabio Parasecoli, one of the presenters at Tomorrow Tastes Mediterranean, has published a post about the international conference. More information here.

Constitution of the advisory councils of the TMC

On October 15, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Council, the Business Leadership and Innovation Council, and the Culinary and Food Studies Council of the Torribera Mediterranean Center were officially constituted, in a ceremony presided by University of Barcelona Rector Joan Elias.


“While the Torribera Mediterranean Center will have a strong, physical presence here at the University of Barcelona, the work of the center will embrace the entire Mediterranean Basin and will have impacts internationally, as we work with other collaborators to enhance the health and sustainability of global food systems and dietary patterns. At the same time, working with our colleagues at The Culinary Institute of America, we have to redouble our efforts to preserve this gift of heritage that is the Mediterranean Diet, for this and future generations worldwide.”

Dr. Joan Elias Garcia  |  Rector, Universitat de Barcelona

“The traditional Mediterranean Diet is the most heavily researched and documented cultural model for healthy eating. This ground-breaking academic center will, for the first time, bring together academics, chefs, other professionals, and business leaders from around the world to accelerate positive impacts tied to this delicious UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. As part of our continuing global outreach, we are honored to co-launch this partnership with the University of Barcelona to underscore the enhanced role that interdisciplinary scholarship, translational research, and marketplace innovation needs to play in advancing healthy, sustainable food choices.”

Dr. Tim Ryan  |  President, The Culinary Institute of America