Celele, the Colombian restaurant run by chefs Jaime Rodríguez and Sebastián Pinzón has been named this year’s Miele One To Watch ahead of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.
The restaurant located on the coast of Colombia's Caribbean Sea opened in December 2018, where the duo of Colombian chefs serve Colombian-Caribbean haute cuisine on an à la carte and two tasting menu experiences. The venue showcases four years of research into the products and traditions of Caribbean Colombia fusing Spanish and European, African, Syrian, Lebanese and indigenous cultures making it "one of the most exciting eateries in a region marked by exquisite flavors,” according to William Drew, Director of Content for Latin America’s Best 50 Restaurants.
Speaking of the win Chef Rodríguez commented: “The idea behind our work was always to show people that Colombian Caribbean cuisine goes far beyond coconut rice and fried fish.” Pinzón adds: “We never expected to win such a prestigious award but are very honoured to receive it and gain a wider audience to share the diversity of this incredible cuisine with.”
Alongside the restaurant, the chefs run a research initiative called Proyecto Caribe Lab promoting the region’s biodiversity and support farmers, rural families, artisans and micro-producers.
Pinzón Giraldo also recently won the S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility during the Latin America regional final of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2019. Find out more here.
The One to Watch is awarded to an emerging restaurant with the potential to rise into the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking in future years and will be presented to Rodríguez and Pinzón during Latin Amerca's 50 Best Restaurants ceremony in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 10 October.
Previous winners of the award include Manu in Curitiba, Brazil in 2018; chef Felipe Bronze’s restaurant Oro, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2017; Alcalde in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2016; I Latina in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2015; Ambrosía in Santiago, Chile, in 2014; and Remanso do Bosque in Belém, Brazil, in 2013.