The Academy

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 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 Our Manifesto.

The Academy Chairs.

Raquel Rosemberg

Academy Chair | South America (South)

Raquel Rosemberg was the Academy Chair for South America (South) from 2013 to 2018. She was a vital part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants family for almost a decade and a driving force in the creation of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2013 and in its development since. Over the course of her career, she earned a reputation as one of the most well-respected food journalists not only in Argentina but also in South America. Her passion, energy and ability to make things happen will always be remembered, and her legacy will live on through the 50 Best community. (1957 – 2018)

Diego Salazar

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 a regular contributor for different media outlets, such as The New York Times en Español. He published the book on media, journalism and the internet No hemos entendido nada (Penguin Random House, 2018). He regularly writes about the media industry in his blog

Twitter: @disalch
Instagram: @disalch

Josimar Melo

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.

Twitter: @JosimarM

Valentina Ortiz Monasterio

Academy Chair | Mexico & Central America

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 in 2013 and set up a vineyard and wine project in 2015 in Baja California.

Twitter: @valeom
Instagram: @valeomg

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