By Patrick Hieger

[Somos Calle / YouTube]

[Somos Calle / YouTube]

As restaurants like Gustu and Jardín de Asia push hard to get Bolivia the overdue recognition it deserves for its native ingredients and intriguing cuisine, young cooks are starting to take advantage of the recent attention and experiment with new forms of bringing elevated cuisine to the masses. While new projects like Suma Phayata in La Paz are highlighting the traditional street treats like choripan and lechon sandwiches, a new group wants to push what’s available at ground level even further. Called Somos Calle, the small group of cooks led by young chef Marco Quelca are trying to turn food into much more than a sit-down affair.