Ignite Student laps up gastronomy tour of Spain

She’s just a few weeks into her Spanish gastronomic adventure, but Ignite Colleges cookery student Angela Scrivener has already gained more than a taste of the country’s best offerings.

She has lunched at the oldest most renowned restaurant in the country, Mesón de Cándido, and visited an organic farmer who’s said to grow the best asparagus in the world. From the Mudéjar Castle of Coca, to a 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct, this South Auckland chef is not only in foodie heaven – she’s also enjoying the trip of a lifetime.

“Spain is such an incredible country with such a diverse array of cuisines,” says Angela, who is completing an internship at Michelin starred restaurant Trigo, in Valladolid.

“As part of my internship programme they are taking us to lots of different regions to experience different cooking styles and learn about local flavours. It is such a fantastic opportunity to build my skills and knowledge and gain international exposure.”

Angela’s first out of town adventure was to visit Luis San Jose, an asparagus grower in Tudela de Duero whose fine produce graces the tables of Europe’s most exclusive restaurants.

“We got to experience every step of the asparagus process, from harvesting in the fields right through to the final packaging.”

Segovia was another highlight, giving Angela an insight into the history of Spain and the Reconquista during medieval times.

“We toured the medieval Castillo de Coca, and the Alcazar and met with the owners of Mesón de Cándido, Chef Candido and his father Alberto. We even got taught how they roast their highly acclaimed suckling pig!

“Spain is so different from New Zealand – the culture, the architecture, the cuisine. This incredible experience is really broadening my horizons.”


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