About TMC

The Torribera Mediterranean Center: Food, Health, Culinary Innovation (TMC) is a joint initiative of the University of Barcelona and The Culinary Institute of America based at the Food and Nutrition Campus of the University of Barcelona at Santa Coloma de Gramenet. It leverages the strengths of two leading educational institutions to address vital public health and sustainability issues through expanded academic, professional, and business collaboration.

As the only academic center focused on preserving and broadly advancing the Mediterranean Diet and the wide application of its principles, TMC connects cutting-edge food and nutrition research with world-class culinary insight, food and agricultural business innovation, and translational strategies across multiple sectors of society—all within a pan-Mediterranean cultural reference framework. TMC builds on the UNESCO World Heritage status of the Mediterranean Diet, its worldwide appeal with chefs and the public, the depth and breadth of scientific research confirming the efficacy of the diet, and the alignment of traditional Mediterranean dietary patterns with global sustainability imperatives.

TMC is open to Mediterranean, European, and other international partners.

TORRIBERA MEDITERRANEAN CENTER

FOOD, HEALTH, CULINARY INNOVATION

Academic programs

Master’s degree MEDITERRANEAN DIET: FOOD, HEALTH AND NUTRITIONAL GASTRONOMY

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences University of Barcelona

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Master’s degree DIETA MEDITERRÁNEA: ALIMENTACIÓN, CULTURA E INNOVACIÓN CULINARIA

Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences University of Barcelona

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What We Do

With a focus on historical, cultural, and geographical contextualization and 21st century applications of the Mediterranean Diet, the Torribera Mediterranean Center offers two master’s degrees; academic and professional events, including its first annual industry leadership conference (October 15-16, 2019); a rigorous research agenda focused on implementation of the Mediterranean Diet principles, including through industry collaborations; scientific and technical, business and leadership innovation, and culinary and foodstudies advisory councils; and a Mediterranean concentration program for CIA bachelor’s students.

The academic programs at TMC are inspired by the traditional food cultures of the Mediterranean region and led by faculty from the UB and CIA, in collaboration with other universities and organizations around the world. A strong outreach to Mediterranean, European, and other international academic, foundation, business, and professional communities is at the core of all our activities.

TMC aims to stimulate a global dialogue around issues of quality, excellence, and innovation in and with Mediterranean ingredients in order to preserve and scale these values. This reflects a critical strategy to expand the adoption of healthy, sustainable Mediterranean dietary patterns, and foster innovation around especially the plant-forward core of the Mediterranean Diet. TMC will share that learning, including the outcome of field research capturing best practices, globally through digital media and social media platforms, academic journals, and other publications.

TMC offers the ideal environment for resident and visiting health and culinary researchers to collaborate on projects that provide practical applications for public health, foodservice, and food manufacturing.

The University of Barcelona and the Food and Nutrition Torribera Campus

The University of Barcelona is the leading public institution of higher education in Catalonia, catering to the needs of the greatest number of students and delivering the broadest and most comprehensive offering in higher educational courses. The UB is also the principal center of university research in Spain and has become a European benchmark for research activity, both in terms of the number of research programs it conducts and the excellence these have achieved.

Its own history closely tied to the history of Barcelona and of Catalonia, the university combines the values of tradition with its position as an institution dedicated to innovation and teaching excellence: a university that is as outward-looking and cosmopolitan as the city from which it takes its name.

The Food and Nutrition Torribera Campus is the fruit of an agreement between the Barcelona Provincial Council, the Town Council of Santa Coloma de Gramenet and the University of Barcelona to establish a centre of university teaching on the Torribera site in the district of Santa Coloma, at the foot of the Serralada de Marina mountains. The campus focuses primarily on the teaching of food sciences and related disciplines through a range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as overseeing extensive research activities, coordinated by the Nutrition and Food Safety Research Institute (INSA-UB), and the transfer and diffusion of knowledge and research results to the production sector and to society in general.

The University of Barcelona intends this site to be an open space for collaborative work with other stakeholders involved in the diverse areas of food and nutrition, in particular the University School of Hotel Management and Tourism (CETT), and for the creation of strategic alliances to merge the capabilities of Catalan stakeholders in the sector. The Food and Nutrition Torribera Campus is also integrated into the frameworks of the two Campuses of International Excellence in which the UB participates: the HUBc health sciences campus, through its work in the area of food and health, and the BKC knowledge campus, through the teaching activities of the Faculty of Pharmacy.

The incorporation of TMC (UB-CIA) to the Diputació de Barcelona Torribera compound, together with the recent inauguration of the Restoration School of the Municipality of Santa Coloma (Grameimpuls), consolidates this location as a food and gastronomy center, as approved in the Modification of the Metropolitan General Plan of 2015.

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The Culinary Institute of America

Widely recognized as the world’s premier culinary college, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has an international reputation for excellence and nearly 50,000 accomplished alumni whose leadership, influence, and professionalism are a reflection of the quality of a CIA education.  The Culinary Institute of America has played a pivotal role in shaping the future of foodservice and hospitality education, and has had a significant impact on the growth and development of these industries.

The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard in professional culinary education since its founding in 1946. With campuses in New York, California, and Texas, and an additional location in Singapore, the college’s 3000 students are enrolled in a master’s degree in food business,  bachelor’s degrees in applied food studies, culinary science, food business management, culinary arts, and hospitality management, and associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts. The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses for professionals and enthusiasts.  

In addition, the CIA’s flagship strategic initiatives, conferences, and consulting services have established the college as a thought leader throughout the food industry in areas ranging from innovation practices and global exchange to health and sustainability.  

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Experience the Mediterranean

Average annual high: 67°F

When you study abroad in The Torribera Mediterranean Center: Food, Health, Culinary Innovation, why not stay in one of its sunniest cities: Barcelona! This chic, European city sits along the world-famous Mediterranean city with beautiful beaches that stretch on for miles. When you study abroad in Barcelona, the opportunities to soak up the sun are endless. Maybe you’ll climb a castle by hiking up Castle Hill—the perfect location for unforgettable views of the beautiful, blue Mediterranean Sea—or maybe you’ll rent a Bicing and get lost in between the romantic European streets. From shopping at one of its open air markets to strolling through its breathtaking Born (Old Town), Barcelona has plenty to offer any sunshine seeker out there.

Maximize your time outdoors on our TMC’s two master’s degrees; academic and professional events, including its first annual industry leadership conference (October 15-16, 2019); a rigorous research agenda focused on implementation of the Mediterranean Diet principles, including through industry collaborations; scientific and technical, business and leadership innovation, and culinary and foodstudies advisory councils; and a Mediterranean concentration program for CIA bachelor’s students. TMC will provide you an educational experience that’ll change the way you view the environment and your role in it.