After two years in Lima, Peru, and a year in Mexico City, Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants returns to the Mexican capital on Monday 26th September for its fourth annual edition. Here are some of the highlights from 2015.
At Estudio Millesime, chefs Fernando Rivarola of El Baqueano (No.15), Kamilla Seidler of Gustu (No.17), Juan Manuel Barrientos of El Cielo (No.30) and Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil (No.6) discussed the question of social responsibility for cooks in Latin America.
2. Chefs' Feast at Club de Banqueros
The annual Chefs' Feast – an exclusive banquet for the chefs and restaurateurs on the list – was held at the stunning Club de Banqueros in downtown Mexico City.
3. Enrique and Rodolfo
4. Guest of honour
Alicia Gironella, the Queen of Mexican cuisine, was one of the guests of honour, cooking for the chefs of Latin America’s 50 Best. She is pictured here with Jean-Paul Bondoux of La Bourgogne (No.40) in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
5. Chile en nogada
The classic Mexican dish was the theme for the night at the Chefs’ Feast, with a series of cooks including Alicia Gironella presenting their own interpretations.
Ten winners of our #50BestPass competition were transported to Mexico City for an all-inclusive five-day luxury gastronomic tour organised by Mexico Tourism. Our Chilean winners were Masterchef contestant Oscar Barrera Marengo and Camila Vera Falabella.
7. Rum and chocolate
After sampling various types of chile en nogada, guests enjoyed a dessert featuring Cacao Barry chocolate by Mexico’s finest pastry chef, Luis Robledo, complemented by Zacapá XO.
8. Pieces of Mexico
Guests took home do-it-yourself goodie bags packed with typical Mexican sweets, jams and ready-made mole.
9. Peruvian chef selfie
Renzo Garibaldi of Osso Carnicería y Salumería (No.34), Mitsuharu Tsumura of Maido (No.5) and Diego Muñoz of Astrid y Gastón (No.3) indulged in a #chelfie on arrival at the awards ceremony held at El Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso.
10. Mexico represents
Edgar Nuñez of Sud777 took a moment away from live-streaming the ceremony on Periscope to celebrate his placing at No.27 on the list.
11. Team Bolivia
Kamilla Seidler and Michelangelo Cestari of Gustu (No.17) in La Paz celebrated the restaurant’s second consecutive year as The S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Bolivia.
12. Central for the win
Virgilio Martínez and Pía León of Central celebrated their second consecutive year as No.1 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants.
13. Chef by day; DJ by night
Enrique Olvera, not content with winning the Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award 2015 and having his restaurant Pujol at No.9 on the list, turned his hand to a spot of DJing at the After Party thrown by Mexico Tourism.