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Top Lat Am Female Chefs Represent At Next Month’s Parabere Forum In Bilbao, Spain (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Parabere Forum]

[Parabere Forum]

On March 1 and 2, leading female minds from throughout the many facets of gastronomy, from science to farming, chefs to sommeliers, will gather in Bilbao, Spain for the first-ever Parabere Forum. Though not exclusively for women, the event will focus on the growing role of women in the culinary field, providing round tables, workshops, classes, and more. Professionals will come from five different continents to share their experience, including Gustu’s Kamilla Seidler, Leonor Espinosa of Bogotá’s Leo Cocina y Cava, and Brazilian chef Roberta Sudbrack, from her eponymously titled restaurant in Rio de Janeiro. 

São Paulo Embraces The Food Bike (PO)

By Natasha Greenhouse

[Los Mendozitos / Facebook]

[Los Mendozitos / Facebook]

While the food truck has become an official hit in São Paulo, another trend has slowly crept up behind it – the food bike.

There’s no shortage of food entrepreneurs in the city looking to share their product, but the cost of a food truck – averaging R$500,000 – is out of reach for many. A food bike on the other hand, can go from R$5000 to R$25,000.

Microbrewery Backer’s New Beer Park is an Instant Success (PO)

By Natasha Greenhouse

[Backer]

[Backer]

Two months ago, the Belo Horizonte-based microbrewery Backer completed a huge project: a 4,000 square meter space dedicated to receive visitors and give them a complete beer experience. With an average 2,500 visitors a month, it’s safe to say Backer’s new beer park is off to a great start.

Celebrate São Paulo’s Birthday This Sunday (PO)

By Natasha Greenhouse

[Wiki Commons]

[Wiki Commons]

São Paulo turns 461 this Sunday, with plenty of food events to commemorate. Here’s a sample of what to look forward to.

Brazil’s Paladar Has Launched A New Beer Guide (PO)

By Patrick Hieger

[Paladar]

[Paladar]

Perhaps only behind food trucks and the growing number of parks opening around the country, craft beer is trending hard in Brazil right now. With small breweries popping up in cities large and small, as well as the largest Oktoberfest in the world outside of Germany, it can be a little difficult to know just what beer to drink on what occasion. Taking advantage of the trend and looking to help out beer lovers across Brazil, leading gastronomy blog Paladar has created a new guide that looks at some of the best small breweries throughout the country. 

10 Chefs Will Represent Lat Am In San Pellegrino’s Young Chef 2015 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[San Pellegrino]

[San Pellegrino]

In preparation for the upcoming San Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 competition which will take place later this year in Italy, applications were opened late last year for working chefs under 30 years old to apply to compete. The applications were divided into region, ranging from France to Africa, the United States to Switzerland and, of course, Latin America. Chefs were asked to submit their original dish which, if they are chosen to represent their region, they will cook for a panel of leading chefs and culinary professionals at Expo Milan in June. With the application process closed and ten competitors chosen from each region, the competition can now begin.

The majority of this year’s Lat Am contestants hail from Mexico, though Peru and Brazil are also represented. They represent time spent under chefs like Enrique Olvera, Monica Kisic, and Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, each considered to be some of the leading chefs in the region. Before the young chefs can make it to Italy, they’ll have to go through a series of 20 different challenges for local juries, as they vie for the one spot open to each region in the finals.  We wish the best of luck to each of the chefs, and a great finish for Latin America!  

Como Sur Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (PO / ES)

By Patrick Hieger

COMO SUR 2014 AWARDS GOLD

Leading up to the Como Sur Best of 2014 awards we talked with experts throughout South America to get their votes for who should be included in the voting. We looked for trend setters, shining stars, new restaurants that have everybody talking, and more of the best that this continent continues to create. We had more than double the votes of last year, and a lot more people excited to take part in making sure that their city, their country, their continent had its time to shine. Many came out to vote, and the results were unexpected.

Alex Atala’s Food is Culture Campaign Continues With New Video Plus Event This Sunday (PO)

By Natasha Greenhouse

[Alex Atala]

[Alex Atala]

Alex Atala continues with his Gastronomia É Cultura /  Eu Como Cultura (Gastronomy is Culture / I Eat Culture) campaign, recently posting on Instagram a video of fellow chefs, celebrities and friends who have posted their favorite Brazilian food with the hashtag #EuComoCultura. As we shared previously, Atala is pushing for the Brazilian government to recognize gastronomy as part of culture, which would qualify those in the industry to receive funding for special projects.