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Maido Reclaims No.1 Spot As List Of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 Is Unveiled

October 11, 2019 GMT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Oct. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 was revealed today at the seventh annual Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, held at Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With seven new restaurants and entries across eight countries, the 2019 list reflects the diversity of the ever-evolving Latin American gastronomic scene.

Maido in Lima takes the No.1 spot for the third consecutive year, retaining its status as The Best Restaurant in Latin America. Maido, or ‘welcome’ in Japanese, is the flagship restaurant of chef Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura, serving inventive tasting menus of Peruvian-Japanese bites such as fish hotdog and sea urchin rice, alongside à la carte options and a classic sushi counter.

Three-time former winner Central lands at No.2. Pujol, in Mexico City, is ranked at No.3, followed by Don Julio in Buenos Aires at No.4 and Boragó in Santiago at No.5 – receiving the titles of The Best Restaurant in Mexico, Argentina and Chile, respectively.

Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants:


Maido (Lima, Peru) *The Best Restaurant in Latin
America/The Best Restaurant in Peru


La Mar (Lima, Peru)


Central (Lima, Peru) *Sustainable Restaurant Award


Rosetta (Mexico City, Mexico)


Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico) *The Best Restaurant in Mexico


Máximo Bistrot (Mexico City, Mexico)


Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina) *The Best Restaurant in


Chila (Buenos Aires, Argentina)


Boragó (Santiago, Chile) *The Best Restaurant in Chile


Ambrosía (Santiago, Chile)


A Casa do Porco (São Paulo, Brazil) *The Best Restaurant in


Nicos (Mexico City, Mexico)


El Chato (Bogotá, Colombia) *The Best Restaurant in


Le Chique (Cancun, Mexico)


Leo (Bogotá, Colombia)


Parador La Huella (José Ignacio, Uruguay) *The Best Restaurant in


Osso (Lima, Peru)


De Patio (Santiago, Chile) *New Entry


D.O.M. (São Paulo, Brazil)


Olympe (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)


Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)


Mil (Cusco, Peru) *New Entry


Isolina (Lima, Peru)


Restaurante 040 (Santiago, Chile)


Astrid y Gastón (Lima, Peru)


La Docena (Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico) *New Entry


Alcalde (Guadalajara, Mexico) *Highest Climber


El Baqueano (Buenos Aires, Argentina)


Pangea (Monterrey, Mexico)


Evvai (São Paulo, Brazil) *New Entry


Sud 777 (Mexico City, Mexico)


La Docena (Guadalajara, Mexico)


Maito (Panama City, Panama) *The Best Restaurant in


Manu (Curitiba, Brazil) *New Entry


Maní (São Paulo, Brazil)


Mocotó (São Paulo, Brazil)


Rafael (Lima, Peru)


Osaka (Santiago, Chile)


Mishiguene (Buenos Aires, Argentina)


Elena (Buenos Aires, Argentina)


Kjolle (Lima, Peru) *Highest New Entry


Gran Dabbang (Buenos Aires, Argentina)


Harry Sasson (Bogotá, Colombia)


99 (Santiago, Chile)


Oteque (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)


Malabar (Lima, Peru)


Lasai (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) *Art of Hospitality Award


Mayta (Lima, Peru) *New Entry


Tegui (Buenos Aires, Argentina)


Narda Comedor (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Mexico and Peru lead the 2019 list with 11 entries each, including Alcalde for Mexico, winner of the Highest Climber Award, and Central for Peru, recipient of the Sustainable Restaurant Award. Brazil claims nine spots – including new entries Evvai and Manu – followed by Argentina with eight entries and Chile with six.

This year, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants features seven new entries: Kjolle, Pía León’s rising restaurant based in Lima, receives the Highest New Entry Award, occupying the No.21 spot on the list. De Patio in Santiago, Chile enters the list at No.34; Mil in Cusco, Peru sits at No.36; La Docena in Mexico City’s Polanco district occupies No.38; while Manu in Curitiba, Brazil enters the list at No.42. The seventh new entry is Mayta from Lima, Peru at No.49.

“As we celebrate the seventh edition of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, we can reflect on the continuing rise in the region’s gastronomic status, as well as the diversity and talent so evident in this year’s list,” says William Drew, Director of Content for Latin America’s Best 50 Restaurants. “Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants is committed to uniting people using the power of food and hospitality. We thank Buenos Aires and Argentina for welcoming us and the Latin American restaurant community with open arms and look forward to further exploration of the region’s culinary destinations in the years to come.”

Other award winners announced include:

Pre-announced awards included:

Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2019 was presented to chef Carolina Bazán, owner of Ambrosía and Ambrosía Bistro in Santiago, Chile. Now in its seventh year, the award aims to support and promote inclusivity in the culinary sphere and provide the opportunity for female role models to inspire future generations of young women both in the kitchen and beyond.

Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, chef and owner of Malabar and Ámaz restaurants in Lima, Peru, took home the American Express Icon Award, which celebrates an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the restaurant industry and has used their profile as a chef to raise awareness and drive positive change.

Celele, helmed by chefs Jaime Rodríguez and Sebastián Pinzón in Cartagena, Colombia, was honoured with the Miele One To Watch Award – presented to an emerging restaurant with the potential to rise into the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking in future years.

How the Latin America’s Best Restaurants list is compiled:

The Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy is comprised of more than 250 regional voting members, each of whom is hand-picked for his or her expert opinion of the Latin American restaurant scene. The votes of this Academy make up the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list, an annual barometer of taste. The Academy is divided into four regions: Mexico & Central America, South America (North), South America (South), and Brazil. Each region has an Academy Chair and 62 other voting members, made up of journalists, food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and well-travelled gourmands. Each member submits 10 votes on what they consider their best dining experiences of the previous 18 months; at least four of those votes must go to restaurants outside their own country. To see more details on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process, click here.

William Reed Business Media

The list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, now in its seventh edition, is published by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2002, and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2013. William Reed Business Media is solely responsible for organizing the awards, collecting the votes and producing the list.

About the main sponsor: S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna

S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna are the main sponsors of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna are the leading natural mineral waters in the fine dining world. Together they interpret Italian style worldwide as a synthesis of excellence, pleasure and well-being.

About the host city: Buenos Aires

Argentina’s capital and most populous city, Buenos Aires, is located on the western shore of the Río de la Plata estuary on South America’s southeastern coast. The city is neither part of Buenos Aires Province nor the provincial capital; rather, it is an autonomous district. Buenos Aires is a top tourist destination that offers a unique blend of European elegance and Latin American passion. Famous as the birthplace of tango, the city is also home to world-class opera, theater and art, well-preserved European-style architecture, native traditions, and to restaurants that overflow with wines from Mendoza province and cuts of beef fresh from the Pampas. For more information on tourism, visit: travel.buenosaires.gob.ar or follow Buenos Aires’ Facebook page or Instagram.

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