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 is a true porteña, from the city of Buenos Aires. Passionate about flavours, she works as a food journalist, editing her blog Sabores que matan, and writing for a publications including Argentina’s Clarín.

Twitter: @raquelrosemberg
Instagram: @raquelrosemberg

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 general editor for Perú 21 newspaper and associate editor for Etiqueta Negra magazine, and has published the book Perú en Boca del Mundo.

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

Meet our Partners