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 American restaurant scene. To create the Academy, and give it a fair representation of the Latin American restaurant scene, we divide the region into four 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.
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Based in Lima, Peru, Paola Miglio is an established food writer, editor and campaigner. She is the restaurant critic for Peruvian newspaper El Comercio and an editor and partner at food site www.eltrinche.com, as well as a co-founder of La Higuera, a database of Latin American women in gastronomy. Miglio also co-edited a book charting the recent history of Peruvian food entitled El Gusto es Nuestro (2018).
Valentina Ortiz Monasterio has been involved in the world of gastronomy since she studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris in 2000. With a law degree, she has worked as a consultant in public affairs for 17 years. She founded the online daily newspaper animalgourmet.com in 2013 and set up a vineyard and wine project in 2015 in Baja California.