Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015

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As if Mexico City weren’t already robust with a lively culture and incredible food – the best chefs from all over Latin America gathered there this week for San Pellegrino’s Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony of 2015. From auctions, to conferences, to an elaborate feast to top it off – here’s the scoop on what happened in anticipation of the release of the list.

In the days leading up to the main awards ceremony, silent auctions were held offering bidders a signed cook book, a meal for two, or a meet & greet with chefs like Mitsuharu Tsumara of Lima’s Maido and Yerika Muños of Buenos Aires’s Astrid & GastónProceeds from the auction went to Farm Africa, a charity organization helping communities in Africa gain resources and find solutions to end hunger and poverty.

A number of chefs – including Juan Manuel Barrientos of Bogotá’s El Cielo and Fernando Rivarola of Buenos Aires’s El Baqueano – also participated in a conference discussing the questions, “What responsibility do top chefs have to society in Latin America?

When it finally came down to the awards ceremony, it was a pleasure to see Rodolfo Guzman of Santiago’s Bogató receive Chef’s Choice Award, and Astrid Gutsche receive Best Pastry Chef. And of course, it came as no surprise that Virgilio Martínez and Pía León of Lima’s Central continue to hold the No. 1 spot for Latin America’s Best Restaurant for a second year in a row.

1. Central

Location: Lima, Peru
Chef: Virgilio Martínez and Pía León
Website: http://centralrestaurante.com.pe/en/

Harvest and collection

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2. Boragó

Location: Santiago, Chile
Chef: Rodolfo Guzmán
Website: http://www.borago.cl/

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3. Astrid y Gastón

Location: Lima, Peru
Chef: Diego Muñoz
Website: http://en.astridygaston.com

4. D.O.M.

Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Chef: Alex Atala
Website: http://www.domrestaurante.com.br

5. Maido

Location: Lima, Peru
Chef: Mitsuharu Tsumura with head chef Cesar Choy
Website: http://www.maido.pe/en

Sashimi #MAIDO @mitsuharu_maido @mmccaughan @theworlds50best #Lima Custom made china #MadeinPeru

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6. Quintonil

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Chef: Jorge Vallejo
Website: http://www.quintonil.com

Ejotes con huevo y hongos de lluvia @rest_quintonil

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7. Tegui

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chef: German Martitegui and Mercedes Solis
Website: http://www.tegui.com.ar

Remolacha al horno de barro – de la raíz al tallo #tegui menú

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8. Maní

Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Chef: Helena Rizzo and Daniel Redondo
Website: http://www.manimanioca.com.br/html5/home.php

Velouté de lagostim com dashi de tucupy

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9. Pujol

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Chef: Enrique Olvera and Francisco Ibañez
Website: http://www.pujol.com.mx

“Vaina de escamoles”. Una botana para aprovechar que aún estamos en temporada de escamoles #pujol

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10. Biko

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Chef: Mikel Alonso, Gerard Bellver and Bruno Oteiza
Website: http://www.biko.com.mx

Cangrejo estofado, camarón y algas. #dinner #mexico #biko #crab #shrimp #food #foodporn

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11. Parador La Huella José Ignacio, Uruguay
12. La Mar Lima, Peru
13. Pangea Monterrey, Mexico
14. Roberta Sudbrack Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
15. El Baqueano Buenos Aires, Argentina
16. Lasai, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
17. Gustu La Paz, Bolivia
18. Criterión Bogotá, Colombia
19. La Cabrera Buenos Aires, Argentina
20. Malabar Lima, Peru
21. Chila Buenos Aires, Argentina
22. Amaranta Toluca, Mexico
23. Olympe Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
24. Harry Sasson Bogotá, Colombia
25. Osaka Santiago, Chile
26. Epice São Paulo, Brazil
27. Sud 777 Mexico City, Mexico
28. Aramburu Buenos Aires, Argentina
29. Alto, Caracas, Venezuela
30. El Cielo Bogotá, Colombia
31. Fiesta Lima, Peru
32. Ambrosía Santiago, Chile
33. Leo Cocina y Cava Bogotá, Colombia
34. Osso Carnicería y Salumeria Lima, Peru (new)
35. Mocotó São Paulo, Brazil
36. La Picantería Lima, Peru
37. Elena Buenos Aires, Argentina
38. Remanso Do Bosque Belém, Brazil
39. Oviedo Buenos Aires, Argentina
40. La Bourgogne Punta del Este, Uruguay
41. Maximo Bistrot, Mexico City (new)
42. Andrés Carne de Res Chia, Columbia (new)
43. Restó, Buenos Aires, Argentina (new)
44. Rosetta, Mexico City
45. Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina (new)
46. 99, Santiago, Chile (new)
47. Nicos, Mexico City (new)
48. Tarquino Buenos Aires, Argentina
49. Dulce Patria, Mexico City (new)
50. Rafael Lima, Peru