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The Como Sur Best Of 2014 Awards: Voting Starts Now

By Patrick Hieger

Como Sur 2014 Awards Logo RedIt’s hard to believe that another year has passed. It’s even harder to believe that so many incredible things happened this past year. New restaurants opened. Big events got bigger. Loads of new cookbooks came out. And we got to eat so much incredible food. Yes, 2014 was an incredible year for South America and its cuisine, and we want to recognize the countries that made it great.

As of today, we’re opening the voting for the Como Sur Best of 2014 Awards. And there is a lot to choose from. Not only were we able to broaden the awards this year to cover each of the countries we focus on, but we were able to include various categories in each. We’ve got books from Brazil, new restaurants in Bolivia, events, chefs, and more.  So it’s time for you to vote.

The survey below passes through the countries that we regularly focus on, with categories for each.  At the end,  you’ll find categories for the overall continent. There’s a lot to choose from. Happy voting!

Jardín De Asia Santa Cruz Has Unveiled Their New Menu (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Jardín de Asia]

[Jardín de Asia]

If the last few months have been a preview, we can expect great things out of Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s Jardín de Asia in the coming year.  Back in October they hosted the first installment of Encuentros, the dinner series that is set to take place in four parts throughout 2015, bringing talent in the form of Peru’s Rafael Piqueras to show Bolivia the level of gastronomy they’re capable of employing.  Just last week, the Andean-Asian fusion restaurant unveiled their first-ever tasting menu, dubbed Travesía, which is a product of months of research and testing to bring diners a look into the future of Bolivian dining.  

It Looks Like La Paz’s Manq’a Program Will Head To Colombia (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Manq'a]

[Manq’a]

When Claus Meyer speaks, you listen.  It seems that when the Noma and Gustu co-owner mentioned in an interview back in September that he was thinking of bringing his non-profit system of cooking schools to Colombia, he wasn’t lying.  As part of a two-day workshop last week in Bogotá entitled Co-Creation: Gastronomic Schools In Colombia, Manq’a Bolivia was on hand to discuss implementing the program in Colombia.  No official opening date has been announced yet, but this will be a huge move for Meyer, the Manq’a team, and Melting Pot, as their ‘food for social change’ programs spread beyond the borders of Bolivia.  

Discovering Bolivian Gastronomy in São Paulo: Why It’s More Than Just Food

By Natasha Greenhouse

[Natasha Greenhouse]

[Natasha Greenhouse]

São Paulo has long been an immigrant city. Today, Bolivians are the second largest immigrant community, only behind the Portuguese. While some began to immigrate in the 50s, it wasn’t until the 80s when significant numbers of people began to come for the promise of jobs in the garment industry.  And there’s no sign of slowing down. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of registered Bolivians in the city jumped 173 percent. However it’s estimated that the actual number is five times that, to over 100,000 people. 

Jobs (ES)

[Patrick Hieger]

[Patrick Hieger]

Bolivia
Gustu – Gustu is looking for both a Sous Chef and a Pastry Chef.  Candidates for both positions should have a minimum of five years of experience, with a willingness to learn and explore Bolivia’s pantry.  Interested applicants should send CV’s to info@restaurantgustu.com.

Chile
Boragó – Boragó has open spaces for interns, starting on December 15.  Contact them by email at practicas@borago.cl.

Argentina
NOLA – Palermo Viejo’s hottest (and only) fried chicken and craft brew hot spot NOLA is on the hunt for prep and line cooks.  Per the restaurant, “It’s 6 nights a week, 8 hours a night, 5pm – 1am. Training is the last week of December and the position officially starts at the new year. Salary varies on experience and tips are included. Spanish is a must as is all necessary paperwork/CUIT to be in blanco.”  Email info@NOLAbuenosaires.com to apply.

Chochán – San Telmo’s pork-centric eatery is looking for experienced cooks to join their team.  Interested parties should send CV’s to info.chochan@gmail.com

Venezuela
Vaca Vieja – Vaca Vieja is on the hunt for both experienced and young cooks.  Email vacaviejavzla@gmail.com for more information.  

Chile’s Luksic Has Registered ‘Zingani’ To Challenge Bolivia’s Singani (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Oxígeno]

[Oxígeno]

It appears that in a total WTF?! move, a subsidiary of Chile’s Luksic has registered Zingani as a trademarked product, to stop Bolivian Singani from entering the market.  Even though there is no doubt that Singani is 100% Bolivian, some people in Chile would like to deny that fact, and either create a product of their own, or deny Singani’s existence entirely.  Does this sound at all like another debate over the origins of yet another grape-based beverage?  WTF indeed.

Oxígeno reports that La Compañía Pisquera de Chile has registered Zingani–yes, the same thing, spelled with a Z–as a product of Chilean origin.  As if someone is debating this, because Zingani has never existed.  “CCU registered Zingani, with a Z, as a brand to protect their rights over its agricultural uses, according to Unibrander, the universal registry of brands.”  Once word of this gets out, we’ll keep you filled in on the action.  There will be plenty. 

Inside Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s Mercado Abasto Sur

Patrick Hieger

[Patrick Hieger]

[Patrick Hieger]

Ask most any chef across South America, even the ones who go deep into the jungle or to the highest of peaks in search of exotic, foraged goods, and they’ll tell you that their local city market is a staple in their country’s, their city’s cuisine.  Santiago has the Vega Central.  Lima the Mercado Surquillo.  Bogotá has the blocks-wide Palo Quemao with an equally impressive flower market outside.  And nestled deep in the heart of South America, dead center in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is the Mercado Abasto Sur, a sprawling behemoth of a market that showcases the incredibly rich biodiversity that, in the last few years, restaurants throughout Bolivia are starting to show off as they push to become the next “it” country in South American cuisine.  Spend even an hour traipsing through the labyrinthine stalls and rooms full of everything from hundreds of varieties of potatoes, bananas, and plantains, to exotic fruits, live chickens, meat on the grill, and much, much more, and you’ll see just why Bolivia has been getting their fair share of press lately.  And why they deserve it. 

Jardín De Asia La Paz Has Officially Fired Jorge Daniel Dávila Yika (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Jardín de Asia]

[Jardín de Asia]

Putting an end to what was, undoubtedly, one of the rockiest weeks in the history of La Paz’s Jardín de Asia, made so by racist and slanderous comments from Peruvian chef Jorge Daniel Dávila Yika, the restaurant officially let go of the chef as of last Friday.  Dávila Yika was part of a Facebook scandal in which he insulted Bolivia’s cultural history and their desire to have a coast line, saying that they had always lived in the shadow of Peru, his homeland.  Left with no other recourse, Jardín de Asia released an official statement on Friday, November 14, recognizing the chef’s talent, but their inability to stand behind his comments against the country where we was employed.  See the statement below.