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Jaime Rodriguez and Sebastián Pinzón
Chefs Jaime Rodríguez and Sebastián Pinzón spent years exploring the Caribbean coast of Colombia, meeting indigenous people, discovering new flavours and ingredients and documenting recipes that were in danger of being lost – and their research project, Proyecto Caribe Lab, continues to inform the restaurant’s concept today. Since opening, Celele has become the jewel in the crown of Cartagena’s burgeoning culinary scene, winning the Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award in 2021.
Diners can choose from the à la carte menu, but for the full experience a 10-course tasting menu explores everything the Caribbean coast has to offer, accompanied by a thoughtful drinks flight of regional craft beers, cocktails made with Colombian fruits, fermented spirits and wines. Expect dishes such as Caribbean flower salad, Cartagena-style braised beef, and farm-raised chicken confit with green banana purée.