The Maido restaurant in Lima, Peru, run by the charismatic chef Mitsuharu Tsumura, has been announced as the best restaurant in Latin America at the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants awards held in Bogotá, Colombia.
Speaking to a packed house, Tsumura said: “I want to thank all the team at Maido – I know they’re watching – I thank everyone because without them it wouldn't be possible. I have list of friends here in the crowd. Thanks to everyone who has supported us and been with us all these years.” He also used the opportunity to pay homage to chef Carlos Garcîa in Venezuela as the crowd erupted in applause for support of a chef who has been through social, cultural and political turmoil as of late.
Watch the announcement below (in Spanish).
Second place on the night also went to Peru with the Central restaurant in Lima, operated by husband and wife duo Virgilio Martinez and Pía León, dropping down from first position – a spot they had held for three years consecutively.
Third place went to D.O.M in Brazil, while fourth place went to Pujol in Mexico and fifth position went to Borago in Chile.
Latin America’s Best Pastry chef went to Saiko Izawa from Brazil, the Chef’s Choice award, the only award selected by the chefs in the audience, was presented to Germán Martitegui.
Below you can see the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list in full:
1 - Maido, Peru – Best Restaurant in Peru
2 - Central, Peru
3 - D.O.M., Brazil – Best Restaurant in Brazil
4 - Pujol, Mexico - Best Restaurant in Mexico
5 - Boragó, Chile – Best Restaurant in Chile
8 - A Casa do Porco, Brazil
9 - Mani, Brazil
10 - Tegui, Argentina – Best Restaurant in Argentina
11 - Sud777, Mexico
12 - Osso, Peru
13 - Don Julio, Argentina
14 - 99, Chile
15 - La Mar, Peru
16 - Lasai, Brazil
17 - Harry Sasson, Colombia – Highest Climber, Best Restaurant in Colombia
18 - Leo, Colombia
19 - El Baqueano, Argentina
20 - Maito, Panama – Best Restaurant in Panama
21 - Isolina, Peru
22 - Parador La Huelia, Uruguay – Best Restaurant in Uruguay
23 - Olympe - Brazil
24 - Rafael, Peru
25 - Pangea, Mexico
26 - Chila, Argentina
27 - Mocoto, Brazil
28 - Gustu, Bolivia – Best Restaurant in Bolivia
29 - Nico's, Mexico
30 - Malabar, Peru
31 - Biko, Mexico
32 - Amaranta, Mexico
33 - Ambrosia, Chile
34 - Corazon de Tierra, Mexico
35 - Rosetta, Mexico
36 - Alcalde, Mexico – Highest New Entry
37 - Elena, Argentina
38 - Restaurante 040, Chile
39 - Maximo Bistrot, Mexico
40 - Villanos en Bermuda, Colombia
41 - Esquina Mocoto, Brazil
42 - Laja, Mexico
43 - La Docena Oyster Bar & Grill, Mexico
44 - Aramburu, Argentina
45 - Tuju, Brazil
46 - Fiesta, Peru
47 - Amaz, Peru
48 - Crizia, Argentina
49 - Proper, Argentina
50 -Mishiguene, Argentina
Three awards were already announced ahead of the ceremony: Leonor Espinoza of Leo in Bogotá (Colombia) is Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2017, Guillermo González Beristáin of Pangea in Monterrey (Mexico) has received the Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, and Oro in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) has been named as the One to Watch Award 2017.