A list, twelve countries and fifty restaurants. The stars of the Latin American gastronomy industry gathered after the COVID-19 quarantine to reveal the list of the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021: Past and Future. The traditional advertisement for the best restaurants was developed by way of virtual, but with independent ceremonies in various countries.
Given the impact of the pandemic, the award, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, changed his ranking annual to create a retrospective list, only made for this year, which identifies the best restaurants of the last nine years. The complete list, which goes up to 100 restaurants, has entries from 12 countries and adds 21 new restaurants, highlighting the Latin American culinary industry even more.
The list of the best restaurants in Latin America was drawn up based on the sum of the complete voting data throughout the eight editions of the ranking since the awards were created in 2013. Central on lime, of the chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pía León, recognized for its gastronomic exploration of Peruvian ecosystems, took first place as “The Greatest Restaurant in Latin America 2013-2021”. Central is in the top three next to the Lima restaurant Maido and SUN, located in São Paulo, Brazil.
Nevertheless, Argentina got the highest number of entries in the 2021 Past and Future list, with 20 restaurants (11 in the top 50). Mexico followed closely with 19 (also 11 in the reduced list), adding a new entry with the restaurant, Deckman’s at the Mogor in Ensenada. Brazil, for his part, he held 17 places (7th in the top 50) with five new entries, including Glouton in Belo Horizonte, which is the new entry with the highest position, in addition to Soeta in Vitória, Tordesilhas, Arturito and Komah in São Paulo. Peru had 16 entries (9 in the top 50), followed by Colombia with 10 (4 in the reduced list).
William Drew, content director of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, commented: “After a year of many challenges, we are pleased to present this special edition of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants and honor the heroes of gastronomy who have worked tirelessly to support their communities and rebuild the sector. We’re excited to highlight restaurants and provide foodies and hopeful travelers with a powerful gastronomic benchmark. in this next critical stage of recovery. After many months apart We are delighted that the gastronomic communities have been able to meet again in their respective cities to celebrate this special occasion in person ”.
The ranking was accompanied by a series of special awards, which focus on those professionals and restaurants that are helping to create positive change and a better future:
Cooktop in Buenos Aires he won the award “American Express One To Watch Award “. In just three years since its inception as a concept of dinner club, Anafe has quickly spread her wings. After opening as a permanent restaurant in the neighborhood Schoolboys in March 2020, the cosmopolitan menu of Micaela Najmanovich and Nicolás Arcucci now fully caters for both lunch and dinner, served in a minimalist and elegant dining room.
The award Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award it was for Celele, in Cartagena (Colombia), led by chefs Jaime Rodríguez and Sebastián Pinzón, who spent years exploring the Colombian Caribbean coast to perfect their proposal before opening their restaurant. To enjoy the full experience, diners can choose a 10-course tasting menu that explores everything the Caribbean has to offer, accompanied by captivating service, a well-thought-out beverage tasting of regional craft beers, cocktails made with Colombian fruits, fermented spirits, and wines.
Voted by their peers, Eduardo Garcia from Máximo Bistrot in Mexico City was the winner of the award “Estrella Damm Chefs’ Choice Award – Best Reinvention “, awarded to a chef who has successfully reinvented himself or his restaurant during the pandemic. In response to the needs of your staff and your customers, Bistrot moved its once intimate kitchen and dining room to a larger space in Mexico City for your safety, comfort, and tranquility, while achieved the transition of 100% of its staff.
In the meantime, Corrutela in São Paulo was awarded the prize Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award. In this planet-friendly restaurant, the chef Cease Coast creates vegetable-centric dishes with local organic produce, eliminating plastic, composting all waste and using solar energy.
Pre-announced special award winners who accepted their accolades also include Marsia taha from Like in La Paz, who received the award “Latin America’s Rising Star Female Chef Award ”. This year, the award changed the title to “Latin America’s Best Female Chef ” in order to recognize a chef with a new vision of gastronomy who inspires a positive change. Rodrigo Oliveira and Adriana Salay from Mocotó in Brazil they were also awarded the “The Macallan Icon Award ” as part of the pre-announcements.
In 2020, 50 Best decided to change the organization of live events to focus on fundraising and supporting the hospitality sector through its “50 Best for Recovery” program, which included the raising of $ 1.29 million with the support of its partners. The initiative distributed grants to more than 200 restaurants and bars and made donations to a number of non-profit organizations in the food and beverage industry.
“It is an event that the entire gastronomic community achieved. It was and is very exciting to be with colleagues who have participated in this for years, but also to share with those who come because that is what that edition was about. With Don Julio we represent the Argentine grill, a popular style. Is a pride“, Held Pablo Rivero, founder of the emblematic Palermo grill, in dialogue Infobae.
The complete list of the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021:
1. Central (Lima, Peru)
2. Maido (Lima, Peru)
3. DOM (São Paulo, Brazil)
4. Astrid and Gastón (Lima, Peru)
5. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico)
6. Boragó (Santiago, Chile)
7. Peanuts (São Paulo, Brazil)
8. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)
9. Tegui (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
10. Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
11. A Casa do Porco (São Paulo, Brazil)
12. Sud 777 (Mexico City, Mexico)
13. La Mar (Lima, Peru)
14. Leo (Bogotá, Colombia)
15. Pangea (Monterrey, Mexico)
16. Parador La Huella (José Ignacio, Uruguay)
17. Osso (Lima, Peru)
18. Harry Sasson (Bogotá, Colombia)
19. Chila (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
20. Rafael (Lima, Peru)
21. El Baqueano (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
22. Lasai (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
23. Mocotó (São Paulo, Brazil)
24. Isolina (Lima, Peru)
25. El Chato (Bogotá, Colombia)
26. Ambrosía (Santiago, Chile)
27. Rosetta (Mexico City, Mexico)
28. Aramburu (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
29. Mishiguene (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
30. Maito (Panama City, Panama)
31. 99 (Santiago, Chile)
32. Mayor (Guadalajara, Mexico)
33. Máximo Bistrot (Mexico City, Mexico)
34. Elena (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
35. Nicos (Mexico City, Mexico)
36. Gustu (La Paz, Bolivia)
37. La Cabrera (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
38. Le Chique (Cancun, Mexico)
39. Fiesta (Lima, Peru)
40. Heart of Earth (Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico)
41. Oteque (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
42. Criterion (Bogotá, Colombia)
43. Alto (Caracas, Venezuela)
44. Amaranta (Toluca, Mexico)
45. 1884 Restaurant (Mendoza, Argentina)
46. The Picanteria (Lima, Peru)
47. Restaurant 040 (Santiago, Chile)
48. Great Dabbang (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
49. Manu (Curitiba, Brazil)
50. Oviedo (Buenos Aires, Argentina)