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Like New Nordic Cuisine, The Bolivian Gastronomic Movement Has A Manifesto (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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When Claus Meyer, who co-owns Noma and co-authored the manifesto for the New Nordic Cuisine, opened Gustu, he didn’t want to just create another award-winning restaurant.  He wanted to change a country.  Because of the continued success that Bolivia’s Gustu has achieved since opening their doors last year in La Paz, it’s easy to forget that behind the restaurant is an entire movement dedicated to improving the local economy, giving local growers and producers a sustainable future, and creating pride in the incredible biodiversity that the country supports.  In fact, there’s an entire manifesto, co-written by Meyer, which states the direct objectives of what Gustu, Melting Pot, and the Danish non-profit Ibis are attempting to do in Bolivia. 

Talking Bolivia, LatAm’s 50 Best, and Noma With Claus Meyer

By Patrick Hieger

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Last night in La Paz, after the first-ever graduation of Gustu and their non-profit foundation Melting Pot, we had a chance to sit down with Claus Meyer.  He was beaming, grinning ear to ear with excitement and emotion, overcome by what his dream three years in the making had become.  He was also ready to gush, full of nothing but excitement about Bolivia, and where it can head.

In this open, and super honest interview, Meyer talks about the differences between what he developed at Noma, and how Gustu is radically different.  He offers nothing but praise for his chefs Kamilla Seidler and Michelangelo Cestari.  And he offers some pretty serious hints that Colombia could be next for a project of this kind.  It’s a long interview, but full of amazing quotes and worth a complete read.  Meyer’s passion for what he’s doing in South America is intoxicating, and it seems to have caught on.