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Peru’s Central Named Latin America’s Best Restaurant

Peru’s Central Named Latin America’s Best Restaurant

Posted by Shanelle Weir on September 04, 2014

In the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America 2014 list, the Lima restaurant headed by Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez claimed the top honours. Established in 2009, Central serves traditional Peruvian dishes with an avant-garde twist. Chef Virgilio Martínez honed his craft in restaurants around the world, between London, Madrid, Bogota and New York. The spot is known for dishes like grouper tiradito served with cocona milk and charred purple-corn scented octopus.

Central isn't the only Peruvian restaurant ranked near the top of the 2014 list. In second place is Astrid y Gastón, also located in Lima, which features the gourmet cuisine of Diego Muñoz. The third Peruvian entry in the top 10 is Maido, in seventh place. Chef Mishu Tsumara is praised for his artful combination of Japanese and Peruvian culinary influences.

Mexico also fares well in the ranking, with three entries in the top 10. In seventh place is Pujol, where chefs Enrique Olvera and Erick Guerrero elevate Mexican cuisine to the status of fine art. In São Paulo, Brazil, travelers will find two of the region's top 10 restaurants. D.O.M. claims third place thanks to its Amazonian cuisine created by Alex Atala.

Top 10 Best Restaurants in Latin America 2014

1. Central, Lima, Peru

2. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru

3. D.O.M. São Paulo, Brazil

4. Maní, São Paulo, Brazil

5. Boragó Santiago, Chile

6. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico

7. Maido, Lima, Peru

8. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico

9. Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina

10. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico

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