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Argentina wins and Brazilians climb to 50 best Latin lists – 03/12/2020 – Food

Brazil’s old rivalry with Argentina has now won the Gastronomic Award for Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. The Don Julio parrilla, a traditional Buenos Aires address, took first place – the first time a Buenos Aires house has held the post. The restaurant, run by Pablo Rivero, serves meat from pasture-fed cattle, the flavor of which is enriched by a maturation process.

The news comes in the opposite direction of previous years, when Peruvians topped the list (in 2019, Maido and Central, in the capital of Peru, reached 1st and 2nd places respectively).

In its eighth edition, the event took place this Thursday (3) practically because of Covid-19. The list is the regional arm of the 50 best in the world, considered the Oscar in the industry and whose global version has been canceled due to the pandemic.

Despite this, the Brazilians have reason to rejoice: there are nine restaurants on the list, with position gains for five of them, and a newcomer, Corrutela, who is in the vicinity of Vila Madalena, in São Paulo, led by chef César Costa.

Casa do Porco, in São Paulo, was the best-placed Brazilian, in 4th place (climbing two positions), surpassing one of the best restaurants on the list, the Mexican Pujol, located in Mexico City.

“I’m happy for the Brazilian block. This year, we have seen that our sailboat is heading in the right direction. I am happy for those who have gone up, for those who have entered. Brazil walks together, ”says Jefferson Rueda, chef at Casa do Porco.

The streak for the Brazilians continues with Oteque (12th, rising 11 positions), DOM (13th, losing three positions), Lasai (21st, three positions above), Maní (23rd, losing 5 positions), Evvai (26th, climbing 14 positions), Mocotó (33rd, increased by 10 positions), Manu (44th, lost two) and Corrutela (50th, debutant). Brazil has experienced a slowdown, however: the Olympe restaurant in Rio de Janeiro – which has yet to reopen.

The ceremony also took a break to remember restaurants closed and people who lost their lives during the year, including Peruvian chef Ciro Watanabe.

Brazil is one of the few countries with an expressive food scene that has not hosted a celebration of the 50 best in Latin America, which has already taken place in Lima (Peru), Bogotá (Colombia), Mexico City (Mexico) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).

As part of the 2020 program, chef Janaina Rueda, of Bar da Dona Onça and A Casa do Porco, had already been elected icon of Latin America in 2020.

Announced at the end of October, the “American Express Icon Award” category highlights the chef’s mobilization to organize the demands of the restaurant sector during the pandemic and his role as a volunteer in a project to improve public school lunches.

In 2020, 50 Best resumed efforts to support the recovery of a sector deeply shaken by the last months and the economic crisis which followed the arrival of Covid-19.

One of the novelties of this year was the “El Espíritu de América Latina” list, with restaurants that had a positive impact on their communities during the pandemic – in Brazil, chef Morena Leite (Grupo Capim Santo) is among the representatives.

Also among the actions carried out is the “50 Best for Recovery”, an auction for bars and restaurants around the world that benefited houses like the Origin restaurant in Salvador, Bahia, which received 5,000 dollars ( R $ 25,809).

The ceremony, which always brings together award-winning chefs at a busy event, took place virtually this year due to the pandemic. Prior to that, in March, the organization canceled the global ceremony, which was due to take place in Antwerp, Belgium – with no date to come in 2021.

The organization of the prize is formulated on the basis of a jury composed of more than 250 journalists, gourmets, chefs and restaurateurs from Latin America, with the same proportion of women and men – each juror votes for ten restaurants that have had to be visited in the past 15 months. This year’s voting period was from January 2019 to March 2020.

Discover the winners of the 50 best restaurants in Latin America 2020
1. Don Julio
(Buenos Aires, Argentina)
2. Maido
(Lima, Peru)
3. Central
(Lima, Peru)
4.House of the pig
(São Paulo, Brazil)
5. Pujol
(Mexico City, Mexico)
6. Boragó
(Santiago, Chile)
7. El Chato
(Bogota – Colombia)
8. Mishiguene
(Buenos Aires, Argentina)
9. Rosetta
(Mexico City, Mexico)
10. Bones
(Lima, Peru)
11. Quintonil
(Mexico City, Mexico)
12. Oteque
(Rio de janeiro Brazil)
13. DOM
(São Paulo, Brazil)
14. Pangea
(Monterrey, Mexico)
15. Alcalde
(Guadalajara, Mexico)
16. Tegui
(Buenos Aires, Argentina)
17. South 777
(Mexico City, Mexico)
18. Kjolle
(Lima, Peru)
19. Chila
(Buenos Aires, Argentina)
20. Isoline
(Lima, Peru)
21. Lasai
(Rio de janeiro Brazil)
22. Astrid y Gastón
(Lima, Peru)
23. Maní
(São Paulo, Brazil)
24. Mayta
(Lima, Peru)
25 Harry Sasson
(Bogota – Colombia)
26. Evvai
(São Paulo, Brazil)

33. Mocotó
(Sao Paulo)

44. Manu
(Curitiba Brazil)

50. Corrutela
(São Paulo, Brazil)

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