The eighth Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, will be revealed during a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, 3 December, it has been announced, as restaurants in South America and the Caribbean start emerging from lockdowns and closures.
In a departure from the usual red-carpet ceremony, this year's highly-anticipated countdown to Latin America's Best Restaurant will instead take place online during a digital awards ceremony, available to watch on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants' Facebook and the 50 Best Restaurants TV YouTube channel.
Will Maido restaurant in Lima, Peru, owned and operated by chef Mitsuharu Tsumura, claim the top spot for a fourth year in a row? Tune in to find out.
As usual, several special recognition awards will be announced in the run up to the awards ceremony, from the American Express Icon Award, to the Miele One To Watch. During the virtual awards ceremony, other awards to be announced will include the Sustainable Restaurant Award, the Art of Hospitality Award and the Latin America’s Best Pastry Chef Award.
This year also comes with a special twist in response to the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the restaurant community.
A New Casual Dining List for 2020 - El Espíritu de América Latina
In addition to Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants, a parallel list of local heroes or 'unranked' casual restaurants that represent the spirit of Latin American cuisine will also be recognised, for their positive impact on their communities and local cuisine, as demonstrated over a sustained period of time.
The new initiative, called El Espíritu de América Latina, will be revealed on Tuesday, 24 November, and will be collated from personal recommendations from the chefs and owners of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020, as well as from the 50 Best Discovery online guide and 50 Best’s network of local experts.
In the meantime, here's a reminder of what happened last year: