July 1, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- Spanish financial services group BBVA brought
, named the World's Best Pastry Chef of 2014 by Restaurant Magazine, to
New York City
on Monday to teach a dozen student chefs at the International Culinary Center some of the techniques that prompted the magazine's judges to describe Roca as "part chef, part architect, part magician."
Roca is one of a trio of brothers whose El Celler de Can Roca in Girona,
, landed at No. 1 on the magazine's influential World's 50 Best Restaurants list in 2013. El
Celler de Can Roca
muscled its way to the top of the high-end restaurant world through the Rocas' inventive techniques that honor tradition and push culinary boundaries.
this week to teach a master cooking class to aspiring chefs at the International Culinary Center, a leader in culinary and wine education.
"I was fortunate to grow up and train under some of the best chefs — my parents and brothers — as well as pastry chef
said through an interpreter. "I feel like it's my responsibility to pass on some of my knowledge to the next generation of chefs."
The ICC offers a Spanish culinary arts program under the guidance of
Dean Jose Andres
, who won the 2011 James Beard Outstanding Chef Award and is probably the best-known Spanish chef working in the U.S. today.
The master class comes just before the Roca brothers, along with more than 20 members of their staff, embark on a BBVA-sponsored world tour this summer. They'll shutter El Celler de Can Roca for five weeks so they can recreate their restaurant for clients of BBVA in
in the U.S.;
. BBVA is sponsoring the chefs' tour as part of its three-year partnership with El Celler de Can Roca.
"The Roca brothers have pioneered wondrous culinary techniques that have transformed an age-old livelihood," said
, chairman and CEO of BBVA Compass, BBVA Group's U.S. banking franchise. "This is one reason we're excited to tie our brand to the Rocas. We're part of a global bank, and we're drawn to universal endeavors, and innovative approaches to them."
Restaurant Magazine's judges called
, the youngest of the three brothers, an "eccentric but modest genius" when they awarded him the World's Best Pastry Chef Award 2014, citing his work recreating famous perfumes in edible form. (He's created desserts inspired by
Eternity and Miracle by Lancome, among others.)
, meanwhile, is considered a pioneer in sous-vide, a cooking process where food is vacuum-packed and cooked in water.
, the sommelier, has won over critics with his unorthodox wine pairings and techniques.
About BBVA Group
BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in
, is the largest financial institution in
and has leading franchises in
and the Sunbelt region of
the United States
. Its diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies the best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at
About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 684 branches, including 352 in
, 89 in
, 78 in
, 62 in
, 45 in
, 38 in
and 20 in
. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in
(5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration and was recently awarded the 2013 Celent Model Bank Award for its new core banking platform. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at
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BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank,