Towards an American Region of Gastronomy Platform

Towards an American Region of Gastronomy Platform

A first, important step was taken by IGCAT towards the setting up of the American Region of Gastronomy Platform, as a declaration of intention was signed with Saint Augustine – Saint Johns County (Florida) to become the first candidate American Region of Gastronomy for 2023.

The signing took place in the framework of FITUR in Madrid on 23 January 2020, hosted by VisitUSA stand, and formalised St. Augustine – St. Johns County’s aspiration to lead in the process of creating a new platform of regions in the Americas.

President of IGCAT, Dr. Diane Dodd opened the event by presenting the Region of Gastronomy principles and aims to an international audience including representatives from awarded European Regions of Gastronomy and potential candidates from other continents.

IGCAT Expert and initiator of Menorca, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022, Jaume Gomila highlighted the unique cultural bond between the island and St. Augustine – St. Johns and offered Menorca’s support to the American region in what would be a pioneering endeavour to implement the Region of Gastronomy programme in the American continent.

Founder and Director of NAUTA Institute, as well as main liaison between IGCAT and St. Augustine – St. Johns, Francisco S. Guitard signed the declaration on behalf of the American region and reported about the enthusiasm that the Region of Gastronomy initiative and the prospective candidacy is raising among local stakeholders.

Finally, chef Marcel Vizcarra from Llama restaurant in Saint Augustine briefly presented the region’s gastronomy and stated his commitment to become official ambassador of St. Augustine – St. Johns County in case the region formalises their candidacy for the American Region of Gastronomy 2023 title.

About the Region of Gastronomy     

Candidate and awarded Regions of Gastronomy, guided by IGCAT, are working together to raise awareness about the importance of their cultural and food uniqueness; stimulate creativity and gastronomic innovation; educate for better nutrition; improve sustainable tourism standards; highlight distinctive food cultures; and strengthen community well-being.


IGCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance to safeguard and promote distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets. This is essential to balance against globalised food trends that are impacting on our planet, health and local economies.

IGCAT is a non-profit institute established in 2012, working with regional stakeholder consortiums in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. It counts on the expertise of a worldwide network of experts and works in partnership with specialised intergovernmental organisations.

IGCAT provides the Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the World Regions of Gastronomy Platform. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the Young Chef Award, the Local Food Gift Challenge, the Top Visitor Experience and the Food Film Menu.

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