Chef Janaína Rueda, of Bar da Dona Onça and A Casa do Porco in downtown São Paulo, was voted Latin American icon in 2020 in an award from America’s 50 Best Restaurants Latin, an annual list that lists the best restaurants This region.
Casa do Porco occupies the 6th place in the list of the 50 best in Latin America and the 39th in the world list that the award also organizes. Considered “the Oscar of gastronomy”, his organization made efforts in 2020 to support the recovery of a sector deeply shaken by the last months and the economic crisis that followed.
Called the American Express Icon Award, the category won by Janaina highlights the chef’s mobilization to organize the demands of the restaurant sector during the pandemic and her volunteer work, between 2015 and 2019, in a project to improve the snacking of public schools – in which processed foods have been replaced by fresh foods. The Cooks for Education project covered more than 1,800 schools in the capital, but was shut down by the government.
“The organization of the prize was already changing to give more space to accessible things. And this year it has reinvented itself with the pandemic to help people. The coronavirus has shown us that it is luxury : take care of your environment “, says Janaína Rueda.
With its release slated for December 3, the ranking of the 50 best restaurants in Latin America, which usually brings together famous chefs from different countries for a party, is expected to hold an online ceremony in a year that has left a deep mark on the industry. the hotel industry.
In March, the organization of the 50 Best canceled the ceremony that elects the 50 best restaurants in the world, which would take place in Antwerp, Belgium – in addition to regional awards (such as Latin America and Asia), the ranking also has its global version. The ranking vote is based on a jury made up of more than 250 journalists, gourmets, chefs and restaurateurs from Latin America, with the same proportion of women and men.
The program was reformatted as part of the ’50 Best for Recovery’ campaign, a bar and restaurant support auction that benefited houses such as the Origin restaurant, in Salvador, Bahia, which received 5,000 U $ (R $ 27,940).