By Patrick Hieger
Last night in La Paz, after the first-ever graduation of Gustu and their non-profit foundation Melting Pot, we had a chance to sit down with Claus Meyer. He was beaming, grinning ear to ear with excitement and emotion, overcome by what his dream three years in the making had become. He was also ready to gush, full of nothing but excitement about Bolivia, and where it can head.
In this open, and super honest interview, Meyer talks about the differences between what he developed at Noma, and how Gustu is radically different. He offers nothing but praise for his chefs Kamilla Seidler and Michelangelo Cestari. And he offers some pretty serious hints that Colombia could be next for a project of this kind. It’s a long interview, but full of amazing quotes and worth a complete read. Meyer’s passion for what he’s doing in South America is intoxicating, and it seems to have caught on.