- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Italy, Portugal, Spain
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Program Length: Semester
- Start Month: February, September
- Category: Performing & Visual Arts
- Selective: No
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Cabins, Homestay, Other, Student Apartment
- Application Fee: $30
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships
- Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
The Food Gap is a culinary adventure that combines travel with experiential education through cooking and eating. During the semester we live together and adventure to the surrounding nature, museums, restaurants, and bakeries. We take classes with local chefs and bakers, touring wineries and vineyards, and more. Then, we create a cookbook, of which 8 recipes are given to each student. Your instructors will teach you everything you need to know - food photography, writing, and more.
Our goal is to educate young people about food and provide opportunities for personal and professional growth. We also are committed to inclusivity, community, cultural immersion, environmental responsibility, and respect for other cultures. Our fundamental belief is that when we travel, we should give more than we take, so our programs also help stimulate local economies and contribute to the prosperity of foreign cultures. We also are passionate about experiential education and believe that food is the perfect gateway to learn about people, culture, history, and family. We are food lovers and provide a safe space for young people to explore the world through food and close-knit community. We started the food gap in order to create a place for young people to unite, travel, and share a love of food and cooking. Evan grew up as an only child, lacking a community of likeminded creative people. When he was 19, he traveled to Southeast Asia on a gap program and fell in love with travel and as Asian food. He considered becoming a chef, and has worked in restaurants and as a private chef, but found that the fast-paced environment was not rewarding. After college, he pursued a creative career in art and food and has dreamed of creating a way to unite younger people who love food. Unlike other gap programs, we prefer to live and travel with a small group (up to 10 students and 2 instructors) so that we can form stronger bonds and so that no students can slip through the cracks. Each and every member of our family is extremely important to us and to our success and joy.