The 10 Colombian restaurants recognized among the best in Latin America | Trends

Two Peruvian establishments once again topped the list of the best restaurants in Latin America, which was unveiled this Monday in an unpublished edition of the “50 Best”, which recognized the trajectory of the 100 best restaurants in the region in the last eight years and confirmed the dominance of Peruvian cuisine in the region.

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The crown was taken by the Central, by the renowned chef Virgilio Martínez, and Second place was held by Maido, from the Peruvian chef of Japanese descent Mitsuharu Tsumura, both from Lima.

They shared a podium with the DOM restaurant, from the Brazilian chef Alex Atala, from Sao Paulo, followed by Astrid and Gastón, from the renowned chef Gastón Acurio, also located in Lima, the city that on this famous list, with few surprises, was reconfirmed as the gastronomic capital of the region.

And it is that Osso, also from Lima, at the hands of chef Renzo Garibaldi; Rafael, by Rafael Osterling; Isolina, by José del Castillo, and Fiesta, by Héctor Solis, occupied positions 17, 20, 24 and 39, respectively, on this list.


As a result of the hard onslaught that the restaurant sector suffered due to the covid-19 pandemic, this edition of “The 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America” took a turn to recognize the trajectory of the 100 best establishments in the region based on the votes accumulated in the eight previous editions of the ranking, since the awards began in 2013.

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So it was not a surprise to see Central at the top of the list, not only because it was recently ranked fourth in “The World’s 50 Best”, but also for having been first in Latin America between 2014 and 2016.

In the subsequent galas, and therefore the most recent, Martínez’s establishment remained between second and third place at the regional level, dethroned precisely by Maido, who won three consecutive times between 2017 and 2019 and second in 2020, when he won the title of the best Peruvian restaurant.

At the end of the ceremony held in Lima, and simultaneously also in six other key cities in the region, the owner of the Central recognized that this recognition “is fantastic” and “means an award for perseverance, teamwork and discipline”.

The famous chef, whose culinary proposals are inspired by the experimentation and reinterpretation of the ancestral ingredients of the Peruvian biodiverse geography, assured that during the 11 years of life of Central his team has made an effort to “transmit what is happening in the natural spaces of our Peru, what happens between Lima, the coast, the Andes and the Amazon”.

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“We have been pleasantly ambitious and stubborn (…). We have gone through very difficult moments, others of joy, happiness and recognition, but finally we have always moved by passion”, sentenced the cook.


Beyond the list of the 100 best restaurants, which also featured a large number of establishments from Buenos Aires (Argentina), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Mexico City (Mexico), this year’s edition created new categories in order not only to fix its gaze on the past but also on the future of haute cuisine in the region. In that sense, the Bolivian chef Marsia Taha and the Mexican Eduardo García were awarded the “Rising Star Female Chef” and “Best reinvention” awards.

At the beginning of the gala, a space was dedicated to remember all those establishments that had appeared in the ranking in previous editions and that, due to the onslaught of the pandemic, still keep their stoves off. That was the case, for example, with Proper and Tarquino, from Argentina; the Osaka, from Chile; the Amaz and Malabar, from Peru; the Villains in Bermudas, from Colombia; and the Olympe, the Epice and the Romanso do Bosque de Brasil, among others.

After the virtual ceremony of “The 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America” Last year, the 2021 edition marked the return to blendedness when it was held in seven different cities in the region, where a live video was broadcast to announce the winners.

Being able to see each other in person again was, according to the content director of “50 Best”, William Drew, “the most important” of this year’s contest.

“In each of the events there is the opportunity to meet, recognize the achievements of others, share, celebrate, eat and drink together”said the publisher of these prestigious awards.


The best-located Colombian restaurant on the list is Leo, which is ranked 14. See which are the most prominent in the country.

– Leo (14)

– Harry Sasson (18)

– El Chato (25)

– Criterion (42)

– Andrés Beef (55)

– Heaven (74)

– Carmen (76)

– Except Homeland (84)

– Other (91)

– White Table (99)



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