50 Best has curated a programme of live events surrounding the announcement of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, on 3rd December. Designed to complement the countdown and tell the stories of the region’s leading chefs and restaurants across the course of the pandemic, these conversations will also look to plot the path for the future as the Latin American gastronomic scene opens a crucial new chapter. Diaries at the ready: here’s what to tune into and when…
Two editions of #50BestBites
In a year when restrictions on travel and closed borders have made it difficult for people to come together, two #50BestBites will aim to reconnect Latin America’s foodies and media to the region’s most respected chefs in a virtual format. Taking place as two sessions hosted on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants Facebook page, #50BestBites will offer a chance for cooks and food lovers to come together in conversation about some of the most important issues for the gastronomic community today.
#50BestBites: El Espíritu de América Latina
Wednesday 25th November, 11:00 MX (12:00 CO/PE; 14:00 AR/BR/CL)
The first #50BestBites session will build bridges across countries, bringing together renowned Colombian chef Leonor Espinosa of restaurant Leo in Bogotá (No.8 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019) and upcoming Panamanian chef Joseph Archbold of Receta Michilá in Bocas del Toro. Both cooks are recognised in their own countries for their work researching the culinary heritage of Afro-Caribbean and other indigenous communities, and together will discuss how they have been inspired by these precious gastronomic cultures, as well as how to better protect them.
#50BestBites: Challenging Hunger
Wednesday 2nd December, 11:00 MX (12:00 CO/PE; 14:00 AR/BR/CL)
For its second instalment, #50BestBites will travel to Brazil for an illuminating conversation with the ground-breaking husband-and-wife team formed of chef Rodrigo Oliveira of restaurant Mocotó (No.43 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019) and historian and campaigner Adriana Salay. Passionate about creating a world in which cooks and people of all professions come together to end the plague of hunger, the couple will debate current issues in Latin American food systems and plot possible paths to a more equitable society.
Rodrigo Oliveira and Adriana Salay
Four editions of LatAm Live
We have all missed restaurants in 2020 – visiting them, tasting them, enjoying interactions with front of house staff and embarking on new gastronomic journeys. For this series of events ahead of the unveiling of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, the 50 Best organisation will take food lovers right inside the restaurants they most love, without leaving the comfort and safety of their homes. Hosted as a series of Instagram Live interviews on @TheWorlds50Best channel, the LatAm Live series will provide an opportunity to go behind the scenes at some of the best restaurants in Latin America and get exclusive insights into chefs’ lives and minds.
LatAm Live: Renzo Garibaldi
Thursday 26th November, 11:00 MX (12:00 CO/PE; 14:00 AR/BR/CL)
For the first in the LatAm Live series, 50 Best will catch up with chef Renzo Garibaldi of restaurant Osso in Lima, Peru, consistently voted as one of the top 10 restaurants in Latin America. Osso is a butcher’s shop and restaurant rolled into one, and audiences will be treated to a journey of discovery and be enlightened to the chef’s secrets for creating award-winning carpaccios, deconstructed cutlets and artisanal burgers.
Restaurant Osso in Lima, Peru
LatAm Live: Helena Rizzo
Friday 27th November, 11:00 MX (12:00 CO/PE; 14:00 AR/BR/CL)
Helena Rizzo isn’t only a chef, but also an accomplished artist. The chef-owner of restaurant Maní, set in São Paulo’s leafy Jardim Paulistano suburb and No.18 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019, is well-known for her dish sketches and colourful paintings. During this instalment of the LatAm Live series, the Brazilian chef will give viewers a taste of her art – both on the canvas and on the plate.
LatAm Live: Jorge Vallejo
Tuesday 1st December, 11:00 MX (12:00 CO/PE; 14:00 AR/BR/CL)
During the coronavirus pandemic, Mexican chef Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil – No.11 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 – created and collaborated in several initiatives to help support struggling local producers and feed vulnerable families in and around Mexico City. Catch up with the renowned chef, discover more about his community-focused work and get the chance to ask him questions in this instalment of the LatAm Live series.
Restaurant Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
LatAm Live: No.1 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020
Thursday 3rd December, approximately 16:15 MX (17:15 CO/PE; 19:15 AR/BR/CL)
Immediately following the announcement of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, the final LatAm Live chapter will see 50 Best get the first exclusive interview with the restaurant named No.1 in the latest edition of the list.
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