The Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy is the mechanism used to create the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list. None of the employees of any of the sponsors associated with the awards, including the main sponsor, votes or has any influence over the results.
The Academy is comprised of 252 members, each selected for their expert opinion of the Latin America restaurant scene. To create the Academy, and give it a fair representation of the Latin American restaurant scene, we divide the region into 4 geographical regions.
Each region has a chairperson appointed for their knowledge of their part of the restaurant world. These chairs each selected a voting panel of 63 (including themselves) – ensuring a balanced selection of chefs, restaurateurs, food/restaurant journalists and gourmands. To read more about how we create the list, please visit How we do it.
Academy Chair | South America (North)
Diego Salazar is a journalist, editor, translator and food critic based in Lima. He lived and worked in Madrid from 2001 to 2012. He is general editor for Perú 21 newspaper and associate editor for Etiqueta Negra magazine, and has published the book Perú en Boca del Mundo.
Academy Chair | Brazil
Journalist and culinary critic Josimar Melo is the food editor of Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil’s leading daily newspaper. He is also the host of the National Geographic channel show The Guide, where he travels the world looking at food and culture in different countries.
Academy Chair | Mexico & Central America
Editor and founder of Mi Vino Mexico and columnist for El Financiero, Pablo Baños has been involved in food and wine for 25 years. He is president of Gomez Cruzado, a winery in Spain, and is a member of the Mexican Association of Wine Tasting.