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The Best Of 2014: Nueva Andina Hits Madrid Fusión

By Patrick Hieger

[photo: Dany Satine]

[photo: Dany Satine]

First, a collective gasp sounded in 2013 when NOMA co-owner Claus Meyer headed to La Paz, Bolivia to open his latest project, a non-profit school and restaurant combo that aimed to give underprivileged youth the chance to learn a trade via food, and to give Bolivia the reason to search its most remote corners and its highest peaks to find the incredible biodiversity that the country had been hiding for some years.  It was called Gustu, and with a Danish woman, Kamilla Seidler, at the helm, and a lot of images spreading beyond Bolivian borders that showed dishes unlike anything anyone had expected, they quickly gained a lot of attention.  Another gasp.  

Six Of Chile’s Best Unite For Charity This Saturday At Santiago’s Vega Central (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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This Saturday, what will undoubtedly go down as one of the most epic meals ever created in Chile will take place at Santiago’s Vega Central, when six of the country’s leading restaurants come together for one great cause.  Before we say anything else, we’ll say this:  get your tickets now, because this is going to sell out fast.

The kitchens from 99, Boragó, Alegre, Ambrosia, Osaka, and D.O., which includes chefs and judges from Top Chef, the recipient of a Michelin Star, and three of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, are coming together for a one-afternoon-only meal to support the Escuela Básica Santa Teresa de Carmelo.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Proceeds from the event will go to help the school build a garden, giving students healthier, more nutritious meals.  As diners, those in attendance will take part in a never-before-seen lineup of the best cooks in Chile.  No, really.  Get those tickets.

Boragó Gets #48 On WBPStars’ World’s 60 Best Restaurants List (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[photo: Star Chefs]

[photo: Star Chefs]

For those of you that weren’t satisfied with the list released earlier this year of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, website wbpstars.com has a new, 60-spot list, with a whole bunch of different names and ten more spots. Per the site, “the restaurants are revisited and the list is updated on a regular basis.”  And on the latest incarnation of the list, Chilean hot-spot Boragó comes in as the only representative of Latin America, beating out other notables like Central, Astrid y Gastón, and D.O.M.  The visits are apparently done by a seasoned group of inspectors who have visited more than 2,500 restaurants, which means they either haven’t eaten at what is currently considered among the top 10 or 20 restaurants in the world, or their opinions vary drastically from those of the World’s 50 Best judges.  Either way, the inclusion of Boragó on the list gives credence to the continued work that Rodolfo Guzmán and his team continue to put out in the far reaches of South America.  

Watch Nat Geo’s ‘One Wey’ Discover The Best Of Santiago Dining (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Nat Geo]

[Nat Geo]

Little by little, Chile is starting to gain international recognition for the wealth of products that the country has to offer, from Andean tubers to spices from the desert, and more than 4,000 km of coast line teeming with the best seafood in the world.  To get a taste of this bounty, Pata de Perro of Nat Geo’s Latin American travel show One Wey, landed in Santiago to begin his tour of the country’s diverse terrain and unique culinary offerings.  Santiago may not yet have the fame that cities like São Paulo or Lima have, but with one of the top restaurants in Latin America, and king crab available almost year round, the bevvy of delights is well worth the trip.

Watch here as Alonso Vera eats his way through Santiago, from the Mercado Central to Boragó, discovering ingredients that can only be found in Chile, to the wines that have been slowly winning over the world.  If you like what you see, hit up our partner FoodyChile, and they can arrange a Nat Geo quality tour for you.  Provecho!