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Mexico Got A Taste Of September’s Latin America’s 50 Best Ceremony (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Latin America's 50 Best]

[Latin America’s 50 Best]

Earlier this week, the team behind the Latin America’s 50 Best Awards, which has been moved to Mexico for 2015, were in the host country to commingle with the chefs who will host hordes of fans, journalists, and other chefs from throughout the region. Their hosts for the visit included chefs Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil, Mikel Alonso of Biko, and Pedro Evia of Kuuk, amongst others, who cooked for their guests, and shared some ideas of what this year’s ceremony will look like. Running the kitchen for the #50BestTalks was Elena Reygadas of Rosetta, who was the recipient of last year’s award for best Female Chef in Latin America.

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.

Top Chefs Will Unite In Spain For “Save The Oceans: Feed The World” (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Oceana]

[Oceana]

Next month, on March 17, leading chefs from around the world will come together at Basque Culinary Centre in support of Save The Oceans: Feed The World. Created by OCEANA, the world’s largest ocean advocacy organization, the campaign is dedicated to elucidating the benefits of eating fish, yet how overfishing is drastically reducing fish populations in our oceans. The event will be hosted by Andoni Aduriz of Mugaritz and Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca. “Chefs feel passionately about the importance of wild seafood, not just on the small scale and what it brings to our kitchens, but also because of its importance to the planet.  I think we all just deeply feel the need to support this campaign and help make the oceans abundant again,” said Aduriz, about the event. 

Cocina Sin Fronteras Kicks Off 2015 In Mexico (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Cocina Sin Fronteras]

[Cocina Sin Fronteras]

Now that 2015 is officially underway, it’s time for the regular events that we await with anticipation to get started again. Rather than having Latin America’s top chefs descend upon Buenos Aires for this year’s first edition of Cocina Sin Fronteras, chef Fer Rivarola of El Baqueano is once again taking the show on the road. For one night only, Rivarola will join forces in Mexico City with Biko’s Mikel Alonso, Casa Oaxaca’s Alejandro Ruíz, and Cholatería Qué Bo!’s José Ramon Castillo for a multi-course meal that spans hemispheres and the multinational flavors of Latin America

Enrique Olvera: “There Are Many Things That I Think Are Really Wrong With Fine Dining.”

By Patrick Hieger

[World's 50 Best]

[World’s 50 Best]

In promotion of the upcoming Latin America’s 50 Best awards later this year that will be held in Mexico City, acclaimed Mexican chef Enrique Olvera is in London to talk about Mexican food, particularly his place in it. Naturally, he got to talk about his wildly popular new restaurant Cosme in New York, and how he’s attempting to bring a different view of Mexican food to diners. “We wanted a concept of Mexico that we related to. I didn’t grow up with mariachis – I don’t relate to that Mexico. I feel more identified with a multicultural, contemporary society.”

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!  

Latin America’s 50 Best 2015 Will Be In Mexico City (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[World's 50 Best]

[World’s 50 Best]

Yesterday in London, home base for Restaurant magazine and the organizers of the World’s 50 Best awards, a special event was held at the Natural History Museum to announce that the 2015 Latin America’s 50 Best awards will be held in Mexico City.  This year’s best Latin Female Chef, Elena Reygadas, along with fellow Mexican chefs and the Mexican Minister of Tourism were on hand for the event, making the move, which had been the hot topic of discussion at this year’s awards in Lima, official.  “We are super excited to be moving to Mexico to further explore and celebrate the region’s richly diverse culinary culture,” said William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants.

No official date has been announced yet.  There’s also no word yet on whether the awards will continue to move every two years, but cities like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and even Santiago would also make for great host cities. The move does slightly interfere with the seamless transition into Mistura, but an awards ceremony in Mexico city could be paired nicely with Mesamérica.  We’ll keep you posted with more details. 

Here’s An Inside Look At Enrique Olvera’s Upcoming Cosme, In NYC (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[El Financiero / Bloomberg]

[El Financiero / Bloomberg]

For his first venture outside of Mexico, chef Enrique Olvera decided to not simply go bigger, but three times bigger.  After nearly 15 years spent refining the food and techniques of Mexico at Pujol, his restaurant that currently sits at number 20 on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Enrique Olvera is heading north of the border to open Cosme, a 160-seat giant in the heart of New York City.  And there will be fresh corn tortillas.

Bloomberg‘s El Financiero got a sneak peek of the restaurant, which should be opening within the next couple of months.  Olvera has basically been on press lockdown as he looks to open the massive new space, but here talks about the challenge of opening such a space, especially one that’s so far from his homeland.  He also hints at the idea of more restaurants in the future.  Here’s hoping South America seems like a favorable destination.