The Turkish Way, the second movie by the Roca brothers and BBVA, will be premiered on Monday 19 September at the 6th edition of the culinary section of the San Sebastian Film Festival. This second installment follows Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca during their trip to Turkey before the 2015 BBVA Tour, which over a period of 5 weeks visited several countries to pay tribute to their cuisine. The owners of El Celler de Can Roca discovered the history and gastronomic potential of Turkey through young chefs, sommeliers and local producers.
The Turkish Way, directed by Luis González and produced by BBVA Contenidos, is the second part of Cooking Up a Tribute, which was premiered last year at major international film festivals. Turkey takes center stage in this film, which attempts to reflect the country's great culinary potential through young chefs in Istanbul who seek to change the perception of Turkish gastronomy around the world.
The documentary will participate in the sixth edition of Culinary Zinema, the gastronomic section of the San Sebastian Film festival. As in 2015 with the first part of the documentary, the Roca brothers will be present at one of the year's major film and gastronomic events.
Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca traveled separately to different regions in Turkey (Istanbul, Cappadocia and Gallipoli, among others) to discover and learn more about their traditions, their culinary techniques and their products. “Turkey is a country with a tremendous gastronomic potential still unknown in the rest of the world”, says Joan Roca. The Roca brothers had the chance to meet and chat with a group of chefs who were starting to talk about a gastronomic revolution, a new approach to traditional cuisine known as “New Anatolian Cuisine”.
“Turkey is a country with a tremendous gastronomic potential still unknown in the rest of the world” — Joan Roca
The owners of El Celler de Can Roca paid tribute to everything they learned during their trip with a unique menu served in Istanbul during the 2015 BBVA Tour. “The three of us tried to capture that essence, distill it and interpret it”.
The Turkish Way is a sincere and humble tribute to Turkish cuisine and to the wine producers, farmers, sommeliers and chefs committed to the gastronomic heritage of Turkey's history.
Frame of The Turkish Way with Joan Roca
The 2015 BBVA- El Celler de Can Roca Tour
The second BBVA-El Celler de Can Roca Tour landed in Istanbul in early September after traveling around Argentina and the United States. Around 30,000 dishes were served to some 1,600 diners. The Roca brothers designed a unique menu for each city they visited to pay tribute to its cuisine, using local ingredients.
"We are taking with us many memories, many experiences, but also many things we've learned that will no doubt become a part of the El Celler de Can Roca’s cuisine”, said Jordi Roca to sum up this tour.
The Roca brothers are currently immersed in the third BBVA Tour, which has already visited London, Hong Kong, Phoenix and San Francisco. This week, their trip to Santiago de Chile will mark the end of this gastronomic tour that has traveled over 160,000 km in its three editions.
The Turkish Way promotional poster