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Albert Adriá’s Nikkei Hotspot Pakta Gets A Michelin Star (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[El Comercio]

[El Comercio]

Now that Michelin season is in full swing, news of plenty of new stars and more than a few shocks and surprises are coming out all over the world.  Yesterday it was Spain’s turn for the 2015 guide, and Albert Adría, no stranger to stars or continued fame even since the closing of elBulli, added another to his collection when Pakta, his homage to Peru’s Nikkei cuisine, received its first Michelin star.  Pakta is headed by Jorgé Muñoz, a native Peruvian who’s been with the restaurant since its opening last year.

Both Albert and Ferran Adriá have been outspoken in their love and fascination with Peruvian cuisine, and reviews of the restaurant have been nothing but positive in Pakta’s first year.  The Michelin inspector’s comments said Pakta is “A space with an informal urban environment where current design and a few Peruvian details comingle.  Nikkei cuisine with handcrafted touches.”  That’s another Michelin star for Peru. 

Apparently Enrique Olvera and Andoni Luis Aduriz Will Open A Joint Project In Cuba

By Patrick Hieger


Although Enrique Olvera seemingly made a rather huge announcement about a new restaurant opening this past Saturday, not much news has yet been made of it.  Via Twitter, the Mexican chef who’s latest opening Cosme, in New York City, has taken the Big Apple by storm, announced on Saturday that he and Spanish chef Andoni Luis Aduriz will apparently be opening a joint restaurant in Havana, Cuba.  Both chefs have spent considerable time together, working on projects like Gelinaz! and ranking in the top 20 restaurants of the world.  Aduriz was also in Mexico last week, prepping chicken skin at Pujol.  Perhaps the agreement was signed then.

Basque Culinary Center Will Study, Promote Ecuadorian Cuisine (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[BCC]

[BCC]

Although ties between South America and Europe are already tight, as many of South America’s best chefs have trained in restaurants from Spain to France and beyond, Spain’s Basque Culinary Center is about to make those ties even stronger.  Diario de Gastronomía reports that for the first time ever, the innovative culinary school will create a department dedicated entirely to the exploration and promotion of Ecuadorian cuisine.  Regarded as one of a handful of mega-diverse nations on the planet, there won’t be any shortage of information or ingredients to cover.  ‘Catédra Ecuador: saberes y sabores’ will be focused primarily on the relationship between Ecuador and Spain, though the goal of the findings is to offer international use and promotion to Ecuador. 

Alto’s Carlos Garcia Will Be Featured In Apicius #23 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Apicius]

[Apicius]

News out of Spain this morning is a preview of who will be featured in the November issue of Spain’s biannual culinary journal, Apicius. Always on the hunt for cutting edge cuisine around the world, recent issues of the journal, which appear in May and November every year, have been looking more and more towards South America, featuring chefs like Virgilio Martínez, Gastón Acurio, and Alex Atala. Next month, Venezuela will get its first major mention in the magazine when Caracas-based chef Carlos Garcia, of Alto, gets a feature in the latest edition.

Garcia, who worked at both el Bullí and El Celler de Can Roca, has been advocating his country’s native ‘Criollo cuisine’ since opening Alto in 2007.  This year, Alto was once again voted as the best restaurant in Venezuela, and landed the number 28 position on the list of Latin America’s 50 Best restaurants.  According to Garcia, “[Venezuela’s] gastronomy is still a blank page, where there’s a lot left to write.”  Apicius #23 should make for good reading.  Get your subscription here

Rodolfo Guzmán Will Represent Chile At Ferran Adriá’s G11Summit (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[photo: Dany Satine]

[photo: Dany Satine]

This year’s G11 summit, sponsored by Spain’s Basque Culinary Center, and created by Ferran Adriá, will take place in São Paulo Brazil on November 2 and 3, in conjunction with Mesa SP, one of the continent’s largest culinary festivals.  In addition to a group of some of the world’s leading culinary minds, including Rene Redzepi, Heston Blumenthal, Dan Barber, and others, Chilean chef and culinary pioneer Rodolfo Guzmán, of Boragó, has been invited to participate for the first time. Alex Atala will be the guest host for this year’s edition.

The annual summit seeks to discuss and answer questions regarding modern world gastronomy, which will result in a document that will be produced at the end of the meeting.  This year’s theme is “Essential Connection: The Local Producer and Cuisine”, which falls nicely in line with what many festivals in the region have focused on in 2014.  For more information on Mesa SP, which will take place November 3 to 5, visit their website.  Information on tickets for the G11 summit hasn’t yet been released, but we’ll keep you posted. 

Watch Virgilio Martínez Cook At Azurmendi (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Bilbao Ekintza]

[Bilbao Ekintza]

With the amount that the world’s leading chefs travel these days, it’s near impossible to keep up with their every move.  Virgilio Martínez was, however, over in Spain back in May for a special dinner at Azurmendin with Eneko Atxa.  The globetrotting Peruvian chef brought the flavors of his homeland across the Atlantic for a one-night only dinner in which the best of the Basque country came together with Peru.  In this quick short, watch Martínez plate his famous “altitudes” from across Peru with extreme precision, as guests look in from Azurmendi’s beautiful surroundings.  Who knows, maybe Martínez will end up in your neck of the the woods next.

Bogotá’s Nolita Does Four Nights Of Spain (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Nolita]

[Nolita]

Bogotá’s trendy culinary hot spot Nolita is back with their Cena Origen series, and this time they’re doing four nights of Spain.  On July 24, 26, 29, and 31, diners will have the chance to experience the flavors of Spain as part of a four-course meal.  Eight different menu options will be provided, including tortilla de patatas, morcilla with roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts with garlic, and several delicious others.  From the eight options, diners can choose four, and also receive their choice of dessert.  Dinner will be paired with wines from Bodega Luis Alegre.  Cena Origen is four nights only, so make your reservations now, by calling 6100080 or by emailing Nolita at reservas@nolita.co

Watch A Bunch Of Spaniards Fumble Over The Meaning Of ‘Choripan’ (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Punto Pelota]

[Punto Pelota]

So while language and football may be two things that unite Spanish-speakers all over the globe, that’s not necessarily the case for cuisine.  Leonel Messi is, without a doubt, Argentina’s biggest export to Spain, but not all of them know what his favorite food is.  In this news clip right out of Barcelona, watch people on the street trying their hardest to get to the bottom of what exactly is a choripan.  Many get close, but only one gets it right.  Poor Messi, your country’s cuisine isn’t as well known as you are.