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Master Chef Argentina Episode 2: Eggs Benedict, For Some Reason

By Dan Perlman

[Master Chef Argentina]

[Master Chef Argentina]

We’re on to Episode 2, and thankfully, unlike the first season, we’re already full on into the competition. Twenty contestants – Diego, Patricia, Sol, Alejo, Matías, Mercedes, Jacinto, Alan, Lia, Francisco, Julia D, Martín, María, Nadia, Juan Pablo, Claudia, Simone, Mariana, Julia N, Sebastián – glare at the camera during the opening montage, each after stirring or pouring or throwing something, while music like the march of the brooms from Fantasia plays on.

Master Chef Argentina Season 2 Kicks Off With Tears

By Dan Perlman

[Master Chef Argentina]

[Master Chef Argentina]

Masterchef is often viewed, particularly by those of us in the restaurant world, as a sort of ugly stepchild of the Top Chef franchise. But it really isn’t – first off, the original Masterchef, the UK version, was around years before the first episode of Top Chef was ever dreamt of, having first been broadcast in 1990. But there’s no question that the MC franchise has engendered more national spinoffs than any television cooking competition in history – actually, probably than any television competition of any sort. And it doesn’t have a set format – each national version takes their own approach, from the matter of fact, stiff upper lip British version, to the fun and games and demonstration classes of the Australian, to the American Idol-esque US approach.

Video: Renzo Garibaldi At Cocina Sin Fronteras (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[The Great Cuisine]

[The Great Cuisine]

This is the video we’ve been waiting for. Last month, to kick off the 2015 season of Cocina Sin Fronteras in Buenos Aires, chef Fer Rivarola invited a couple of meat masters, Juan Gaffuri from Elena at the Four Seasons, and acclaimed Peruvian butcher-cum-chef, Renzo Garibaldi, from Lima’s Osso. The three got together for a one-night-only dinner that featured,  you guessed it, lots of dry-aged meat.

Buenos Aires Food Week Begins Monday, April 13 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Buenos Aires Food Week]

[Buenos Aires Food Week]

Back for the first edition of 2015, Buenos Aires Food Week kicks off next Monday, April 13, and will feature more than 40 of the capital city’s leading restaurants. Although locally sponsored in the past, the Buenos Aires Food Week has now been taken over by Restorando, the leading online reservations site in South America. Back in March, Santiago, Chile held their first-ever version of the event, as did Lima, Peru. As the Restorando network grows, we can expect each edition in each country to get better each year. 

Feria Masticar Returns To Buenos Aires April 16-19 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Masticar]

[Masticar]

Back for its fourth installment, a full six months ahead of its typical slot at the start of spring, Feria Masticar will bring four days of food, wine, classes, and a full market featuring some of the best local artisan products that Buenos Aires and environs have to offer. Though not the only festival celebrating Argentine cuisine in Buenos Aires, Masticar has steadily grown in its four years, receiving more than 238,000 visitors since 2012. In addition to the three tunnels that will feature free tastings of wine, craft beer, and other beverages from throughout the country, there will be more than 40 different stands located throughout the festival.

Watch Cocina Sin Fronteras Land In Mexico (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Restaurantería MX]

[Restaurantería MX]

As chefs like Rene Redzepi, Grant Achatz, and Heston Blumenthal take their internationally-renowned kitchens on the road, creating pop-up restaurants unlike anyone has ever seen, chefs Gabriela Lafuente and Fer Rivarola of Buenos Aires’ El Baqueano continue to create international alliances throughout Latin America. For the inaugural edition of the 2015 season of Cocina Sin Fronteras, earlier this month Rivarola and Lafuente headed to Mexico, to cook at the widely acclaimed Biko. Together with Biko chef Gerard Believer, Alejandro Ruiz of Casa Oaxaca, and pastry chef Jose Ramón Castillo of Que Bo!, diners were treated to a one-night-only feast that spanned the region and delighted the senses.

Cocina Sin Fronteras Opens In Buenos Aires This Saturday With Lots Of Meat (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[El Baqueano]

[El Baqueano]

Announcing a special dinner in Buenos Aires that will be centered around meat is kind of like announcing a taco tasting in Mexico City. But, when that meat-focused dinner is being cooked by one of South America’s best butchers, and two of Buenos Aires’ top chefs, the offer gets a lot more interesting. 

Buenos Aires Could Be One Step Closer To Legalizing Food Trucks (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[El Puesto de Fabio / Facebook]

[El Puesto de Fabio / Facebook]

There’s good news for street food fanatics in Buenos Aires. A new law has been presented to the city’s legislature that would make food trucks legal, and able to operate independently of festivals and other events. The law was presented by Francisco Quintana, and states that the local government would be able to establish rules and other norms for the sale of food from food trucks.

Per the law, the trucks couldn’t hold a permanent place, and their license would be for one year, with the ability to renew. Owners would be required to pay a monthly fee for use of a public space, and would have to pay taxes like any other restaurant, which would allow for more regulation amongst the trucks. Speaking of the proposed law, Quintana said, “With this initiative we are looking to create a business model that is favorable both for the producers and the consumers of gastronomy.”