The Andalusian Academy of Gastronomy and Tourism has been created with the aim of combining into one corporation the persons and entities who have worked these recent years for the quality and promotion of food, and its relationship to tourism.
Guided by the Doña Maria de las Mercedes Foundation, the new Andalusian Academy which was presented last week in Seville, has been integrated into the Royal Spanish Academy of Gastronomy and the Iberoamerican Academy of Gastronomy, and involves prominent personalities of the business, culture, gastronomy and tourism world in Andalusia.
The aims of the Academy, according to the statements of the Foundation, are intended to benefit the health of citizens, and maintain popular traditions, as well as highlight the relationship between gastronomy and tourism — one of the major industries of the Andalusia.
The presidency of the new institution is held by Manuel Jurado, also president of Landaluz, Business Association of Certified Quality.
In addition, the entity is formed by gastronomy professionals such as Javier Campos (Bodegas Campos); Paz Ivison, journalist, wine and olive oil expert, and also jury member in several prestigious international awards; prominent businessmen and women dedicated to the olive oil industry like Rosa Vañó (Castillo de Canena), Ángel Camacho (Camacho Angel Group) and Alvaro Guillén (Acesur and Landaluz Association); TV presenter Raquel Revuelta; José Manuel Ledesma (Andalusian Federation of Hospitality); and other notable society figures such as spanish Magistrate Guillermo Jiménez.
The presentation of the academy was held at the facilities of the Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery of Seville, and was attended by Rafael Anson, president of the Royal Spanish Academy of Gastronomy, who highlighted the importance of the Mediterranean Diet — with special consideration to extra virgin olive oil — the close connection between food and health and the importance of gastronomy and cultural heritage.