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Maido Reclaims No.1 Spot As List Of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 Is Unveiled
– Maido in Lima, Peru is named The Best Restaurant in Latin America 2019, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, for the third consecutive year
– Tomás Kalika of Mishiguene in Buenos Aires, Argentina is voted by his peers as the winner of the Chefs’ Choice Award 2019, sponsored by Estrella Damm
– Carolina Bazan, chef and co-owner at Ambrosía and Ambrosía Bistro in Santiago, Chile, is honoured as Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2019
– Kjolle in Lima, Peru and led by chef Pía León, is announced as the Highest New Entry, debuting on the list at No.21
– Rising 17 places to the No.14 spot, Alcalde in Guadalajara, Mexico wins the Highest Climber Award
– Luis Robledo, owner and creator of Tout Chocolat in Mexico City, is named Latin America’s Best Pastry Chef 2019, an award sponsored by República del Cacao
– Lasai in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil wins the Art of Hospitality Award 2019
– Central in Lima, Peru takes home the Sustainable Restaurant Award 2019
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Oct. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 was revealed today at the seventh annual Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, held at Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With seven new restaurants and entries across eight countries, the 2019 list reflects the diversity of the ever-evolving Latin American gastronomic scene.
Maido in Lima takes the No.1 spot for the third consecutive year, retaining its status as The Best Restaurant in Latin America. Maido, or ‘welcome’ in Japanese, is the flagship restaurant of chef Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura, serving inventive tasting menus of Peruvian-Japanese bites such as fish hotdog and sea urchin rice, alongside à la carte options and a classic sushi counter.
Three-time former winner Central lands at No.2. Pujol, in Mexico City, is ranked at No.3, followed by Don Julio in Buenos Aires at No.4 and Boragó in Santiago at No.5 – receiving the titles of The Best Restaurant in Mexico, Argentina and Chile, respectively.
Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants:
Maido (Lima, Peru) *The Best Restaurant in Latin
America/The Best Restaurant in Peru
La Mar (Lima, Peru)
Central (Lima, Peru) *Sustainable Restaurant Award
Rosetta (Mexico City, Mexico)
Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico) *The Best Restaurant in Mexico
Máximo Bistrot (Mexico City, Mexico)
Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina) *The Best Restaurant in
Chila (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Boragó (Santiago, Chile) *The Best Restaurant in Chile
Ambrosía (Santiago, Chile)
A Casa do Porco (São Paulo, Brazil) *The Best Restaurant in
Nicos (Mexico City, Mexico)
El Chato (Bogotá, Colombia) *The Best Restaurant in
Le Chique (Cancun, Mexico)
Leo (Bogotá, Colombia)
Parador La Huella (José Ignacio, Uruguay) *The Best Restaurant in
Osso (Lima, Peru)
De Patio (Santiago, Chile) *New Entry
D.O.M. (São Paulo, Brazil)
Olympe (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)
Mil (Cusco, Peru) *New Entry
Isolina (Lima, Peru)
Restaurante 040 (Santiago, Chile)
Astrid y Gastón (Lima, Peru)
La Docena (Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico) *New Entry
Alcalde (Guadalajara, Mexico) *Highest Climber
El Baqueano (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Pangea (Monterrey, Mexico)
Evvai (São Paulo, Brazil) *New Entry
Sud 777 (Mexico City, Mexico)
La Docena (Guadalajara, Mexico)
Maito (Panama City, Panama) *The Best Restaurant in
Manu (Curitiba, Brazil) *New Entry
Maní (São Paulo, Brazil)
Mocotó (São Paulo, Brazil)
Rafael (Lima, Peru)
Osaka (Santiago, Chile)
Mishiguene (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Elena (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Kjolle (Lima, Peru) *Highest New Entry
Gran Dabbang (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Harry Sasson (Bogotá, Colombia)
99 (Santiago, Chile)
Oteque (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Malabar (Lima, Peru)
Lasai (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) *Art of Hospitality Award
Mayta (Lima, Peru) *New Entry
Tegui (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Narda Comedor (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Mexico and Peru lead the 2019 list with 11 entries each, including Alcalde for Mexico, winner of the Highest Climber Award, and Central for Peru, recipient of the Sustainable Restaurant Award. Brazil claims nine spots – including new entries Evvai and Manu – followed by Argentina with eight entries and Chile with six.
This year, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants features seven new entries: Kjolle, Pía León’s rising restaurant based in Lima, receives the Highest New Entry Award, occupying the No.21 spot on the list. De Patio in Santiago, Chile enters the list at No.34; Mil in Cusco, Peru sits at No.36; La Docena in Mexico City’s Polanco district occupies No.38; while Manu in Curitiba, Brazil enters the list at No.42. The seventh new entry is Mayta from Lima, Peru at No.49.
“As we celebrate the seventh edition of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, we can reflect on the continuing rise in the region’s gastronomic status, as well as the diversity and talent so evident in this year’s list,” says William Drew, Director of Content for Latin America’s Best 50 Restaurants. “Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants is committed to uniting people using the power of food and hospitality. We thank Buenos Aires and Argentina for welcoming us and the Latin American restaurant community with open arms and look forward to further exploration of the region’s culinary destinations in the years to come.”
Other award winners announced include:
Latin America’s Best Pastry Chef Award, sponsored by República del Cacao, is presented to chocolatier Luis Robledo of Tout Chocolat in Mexico City, Mexico. With a career of more than 20 years, Mexico’s king of chocolate is a master of precision and flair. He has travelled all over the world, winning the Mexican leg of the World Chocolate Masters in 2010 and 2012 and going on to compete at the global championships in Paris in 2011 and 2013. He has also written the Larousse Chocolate cookbook, a complete compendium of recipes such as blackout cake with earl grey and caramel bonbons, as well as the history and significance of chocolate in Mexican culture.
Tomás Kalika of Mishiguene in Buenos Aires is honoured with the Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm. Determination and self-realisation from his humble beginnings as an aspiring chef in Israel have contributed to Kalika receiving the only prize voted for by the chefs from restaurants on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants current list. Mishiguene serves a modernised brand of traditional Jewish cuisine set to an atmosphere of live music and an open parrilla grill.
In its second year, The Sustainable Restaurant Award 2019 recognises the establishment in the list that achieves the highest overall sustainability rating, as audited by Food Made Good Global. This year, Central in Lima, Peru receives the honour. By streamlining their Lima projects, chef-owners Virgilio Martínez and Pía León have been able to make Central the most sustainable of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, with a 98% mark in the 2019 assessment by Food Made Good Global. For Central, sustainability starts and ends in Peru: from piranha fish to pumpkin, cacao to choclo corn, every ingredient comes from a different part of the country.
The Art of Hospitality Award 2019, which recognises excellence in restaurant service and dining experience, is awarded to Lasai in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The restaurant itself is very much the product of the partnership between chef and co-owner Rafa Costa e Silva and his wife Malena Cardiel. Cardiel runs the small but elegant dining room, ensuring that Costa’s plates are enhanced through knowledgeable service, exquisite drinks pairings and creating that all-important atmosphere of conviviality.
Finally, and occupying No.14 on the list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, Alcalde in Guadalajara is awarded with the Highest Climber Award after climbing 17 positions from No.31 last year. In the five years since its opening, Alcalde’s star has quickly ascended, winning the One To Watch Award in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 and entering the list in 2017 as Highest New Entry. Chef Francisco ‘Paco’ Ruano’s down-to-earth Mexican cooking in a stylish, welcoming setting features dishes such as green aguachile with prawn and apple, octopus with recado negro sauce and suckling pig with black mole sauce.
Pre-announced awards included:
Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2019 was presented to chef Carolina Bazán, owner of Ambrosía and Ambrosía Bistro in Santiago, Chile. Now in its seventh year, the award aims to support and promote inclusivity in the culinary sphere and provide the opportunity for female role models to inspire future generations of young women both in the kitchen and beyond.
Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, chef and owner of Malabar and Ámaz restaurants in Lima, Peru, took home the American Express Icon Award, which celebrates an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the restaurant industry and has used their profile as a chef to raise awareness and drive positive change.
Celele, helmed by chefs Jaime Rodríguez and Sebastián Pinzón in Cartagena, Colombia, was honoured with the Miele One To Watch Award – presented to an emerging restaurant with the potential to rise into the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking in future years.
How the Latin America’s Best Restaurants list is compiled:
The Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy is comprised of more than 250 regional voting members, each of whom is hand-picked for his or her expert opinion of the Latin American restaurant scene. The votes of this Academy make up the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list, an annual barometer of taste. The Academy is divided into four regions: Mexico & Central America, South America (North), South America (South), and Brazil. Each region has an Academy Chair and 62 other voting members, made up of journalists, food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and well-travelled gourmands. Each member submits 10 votes on what they consider their best dining experiences of the previous 18 months; at least four of those votes must go to restaurants outside their own country. To see more details on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process, click here.
William Reed Business Media
The list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, now in its seventh edition, is published by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2002, and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2013. William Reed Business Media is solely responsible for organizing the awards, collecting the votes and producing the list.
About the main sponsor: S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna
S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna are the main sponsors of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna are the leading natural mineral waters in the fine dining world. Together they interpret Italian style worldwide as a synthesis of excellence, pleasure and well-being.
About the host city: Buenos Aires
Argentina’s capital and most populous city, Buenos Aires, is located on the western shore of the Río de la Plata estuary on South America’s southeastern coast. The city is neither part of Buenos Aires Province nor the provincial capital; rather, it is an autonomous district. Buenos Aires is a top tourist destination that offers a unique blend of European elegance and Latin American passion. Famous as the birthplace of tango, the city is also home to world-class opera, theater and art, well-preserved European-style architecture, native traditions, and to restaurants that overflow with wines from Mendoza province and cuts of beef fresh from the Pampas. For more information on tourism, visit: travel.buenosaires.gob.ar or follow Buenos Aires’ Facebook page or Instagram.
Estrella Damm – Official Beer Partner; sponsor of the Chefs’ Choice Award
República del Cacao – Official Chocolate Partner; sponsor of the Latin America’s Best Pastry Chef Award
Wines of Argentina – Official Wine Partner
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires – Official Hotel and Venue Partner
Miele – Official Home Appliances Partner; sponsor of the Miele One to Watch Award
American Express – Official Credit Card Partner; sponsor of the American Express Icon Award
Gin Mare – Official Premium Gin Partner
illycaffè – Official Coffee Partner
Rutini Wines – Official Sparkling Wine Partner
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