With the endorsement of the Royal Spanish Academy of Gastronomy (RAG) chaired by Lourdes Plana, the transformation of the former Academy of Gastronomic Culture of Castilla-La Mancha into an Institute has been formalized in the registry of associations, a change that will only affect the first name and that will preserve intact the essence of this association involved with the gastronomic culture of the region. Likewise, it maintains its status as the only Castilian La Mancha gastronomic entity recognized by the Royal Academy of Gastronomy and by the regional academies.
The Institute will continue to have the same components, with Antonio Mateos, professor at the UCLM, as president and Pilar Virtudes, a journalist specialized in agri-food affairs, as vice president. The Instituto Verónica Bravo, a journalist specialized in gastronomy and Antonio González Jerez, delegate of ABC Castilla-La Mancha, the nutritionists Ana Cisneros and María del Mar Martínez, the pharmacist María Dolores Espinosa, the nurse Isabel Segarra, the university professors Jesús Sánchez and Beatriz García (UCLM), Teresa Villagarcía (U. Carlos III) and Blanca García Henche (U. de Alcalá de Henares), the high school teachers Trinidad Sánchez and Javier Gómez, the specialist in art history Cristina Rodríguez and the lawyer Octavio Ollala, selected, after an interview, by criteria of merit and commitment in the five provinces.
All members develop professional profiles where regional gastronomy and wine play a relevant role, but they do not have any type of personal or family business in the hospitality or agri-food sectors to avoid conflicts of interest with the tasks already performed and future.
The Institute of Gastronomic Culture of Castilla La Mancha comes from the former academy of the same name created in April 2018 by the former president of the RAG, Rafael Ansón, at the express request of the sadly disappeared Carlos Falcó. It inherits its goals focused on health, food and nutrition education, sustainability, research and social justice and reinforces its principles of independence and transparency, essential in any public activity. Since its inception, it has more than 75% women, something that makes it the Spanish gastronomic institution with the largest female presence.
Its Advisory Council remains, made up of the great chefs of the region together with leading scientists, winemakers and agri-food businessmen. After the forced inactivity due to the health situation, the Institute will resume its work aimed at strengthening and visibility of the gastronomic culture of Castilla La Mancha.