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Peru’s Central and Maido top list of Best Restaurants in Latin America 2016

Peru’s Central and Maido top list of Best Restaurants in Latin America 2016

Posted by PanamericanWorld on September 28, 2016


During an exciting and colorful ceremony in Mexico City, Peruvian restaurant Central was revealed as the No.1 ranked restaurant at the 2016 edition of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

The announcement took place last night at Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral in an event that celebrates the very best of Latin American gastronomy and showcases its top chefs.
Receiving the award for a third year in a row, Central chef-owners Virgilio Martinez and Pia Leon continue to work at the forefront of gastronomy shaping an ever-evolving Peruvian cuisine, remarkable for its quality and innovation.
Chef Virgilio Martinez’s star has been rising rapidly for the last few years, coinciding with Lima’s ascent to become one of the world’s leading gastronomic destinations. 
Now in its third year as No.1 in the list, Central is an unmissable part of the itinerary, with its tasting menu travelling from 25 meters below to 4,200 meters above sea level.
Martinez was trained in kitchens in London, New York, Bogota and Madrid before opening Central in 2009. He cooks alongside his head chef and wife, Pia.
Maido, also from Lima, ranks in second place, while Astrid y Gaston, another Lima-based eatery, is rewarded with the seventh position.
Maido’s take on Nikkei cuisine –a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian– is widely regarded as the best in Lima, which is no small feat considering the Peruvian capital has earned its name as South America’s No.1 foodie hotspot.
On the other hand, Astrid y Gaston has been leading Peru's gastronomic surge since its opening 20 years ago, with talented head chef Diego Muñoz at the helm for several years. 
His extensive tasting menu offers an exploration of the region’s ingredients, traditions and culinary techniques.
On the other hand, The 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America, according to the 4th annual edition of British magazine Restaurant's awards are:

1. Central, Lima

2. Maido, Lima

3. D.O.M., Sao Paulo

4. Borago, Santiago

5. Pujol, Mexico City

6. Quintonil, Mexico City

7. Astrid y Gaston, Lima

8. Mani, Sao Paulo

9. Tegui, Buenos Aires

10. Biko, Mexico City

11. Sud 77, Mexico City

12. La Mar, Lima

13. El Baqueano, Buenos Aires

14. Gustu, La Paz

15. Amaranta, Toluca, Mexico

16. Leo, Bogota

17. Olympe, Rio de Janeiro

18. Lasai, Rio de Janeiro

19. Pangea, Monterrey, Mexico

20. Ambrosia, Santiago

21. Don Julio, Buenos Aires

22. 99, Santiago

23. Parador La Huella, Jose Ignacio, Uruguay,

24. A Casa do Porco, Sao Paulo

25. Roberta Sudbrack, Rio de Janeiro

26. Aramburu, Buenos Aires

27. Osso Carniceria y Salumeria, Lima

28. Mocoto, Sao Paulo

29. Criterion, Bogota

30. Rafael, Lima

31. Elena, Buenos Aires

32. Alto, Caracas

33. La Cabrera, Buenos Aires

34. Fiesta, Lima

35. Chila, Buenos Aires

36. Maito, Panama City

37. Nicos, Mexico City

38. Malabar, Lima

39. Corazon de Tierra, Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico,

40. Harry Sasson, Bogota

41. Isolina, Lima

42. 1884, Mendoza, Argentina

43. Osaka, Santiago

44. Remanso do Bosque, Belem, Brazil

45. Tuju, Sao Paulo

46. La Bourgogne, Punta del Este, Uruguay

47. Tierra Colorada Gastro, Asuncion

48. Dulce Patria, Mexico City

49. Andres Carne de Res, Chia, Colombia

50. Pura Tierra, Buenos Aires.

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