IE’s Gastronomy Club wants to provide the IE community with exceptional culinary experiences that are both educational and delicious. With the help of Campus Life and the Spanish Royal Academy of Gastronomy we invited Florencio Sanchidrián to campus. Mr. Sanchidrián is the world’s most renowned jamón cutter and was named global ambassador for jamón ibérico. He has pleased the palates of some of the world’s most powerful leaders and famous celebrities. Mr. Sanchidrián introduced the history of jamón ibérico de bellota, including how are pigs kept, fed with acorns and groomed, and how is one jamón different from the other.
An intrinsic element to Spanish gastronomy and life, ham or jamón is always present. No dinner, celebration or cocktail is complete without it. After his poetic and passionate speech about jamón, he proceeded to cut the leg, or paleta. It took him an hour and a half to do so. In just one of these massive legs you can find seven different flavors. They correspond to areas with the amount fat, a product of how the leg is hung down for years, the muscle and such. The ham is cut in thin slices, folded to preserve the smell and taste and may be given directly to the guest or served in plates.
The evening was an ode to jamón. After all, jamón’s purpose is to please our palates and help us celebrate life.
Ernesto Méndez Chiari
IE Gastronomy Club