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Astrid Y Gaston - the famed restaurant started by chef Gaston Acurio back in 1994 - has been voted the best restaurant in Latin America's on the first ever Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants List which was announced this morning at a packed reception in Lima, Peru.
FDL Interview with Gaston Acurio:
It was the charismatic chef Alex Atala who picked up second place on the list with his D.O.M restaurant in Sao Paulo Brazil also picked as the S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Brazil. An award not just for the restaurant's creative plates but also the part Atala and his team are playing in rediscovering and emphasizing traditional Brazilian ingredients and dishes.
FDL Interview with Alex Atala:
Heading to Mexico it was Enrique Olvera at the Pujol restaurant that took third place on the list. The venue was also awarded the S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Mexico award and was picked as the Chefs' Choice.
Young chef Virgilio Martinez came in high at 4 for his unique variety of Peruvian and international fusion served up at his Central restaurant in Lima and female chef Roberta Sudbrack made the top tier at number 10 on the list.
As well as sitting top of the list, Gaston Acurio was also chosen as the much deserved winner of The Lifetime Achievement Award and chef Helena Rizzo - with her Mani restaurant in Brazil taking 5th place - was also picked as The Best Female Chef in Latin America.
Below you'll find the full list of Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants for 2013.
1 Astrid y Gastón, Peru
2 D.O.M., Brazil (Best in Brazil)
3 Pujol, Mexico (Chefs’ Choice and Best in Mexico)
4 Central, Peru
5 Mani, Brazil
6 Biko, Mexico
7 Malabar, Peru
8 Boragó, Chile (Best in Chile)...
9 Tegui, Argentina (Best in Argentina)
10 Roberta Sudbrack, Brazil
11 Maido, Peru
12 Pangea, Mexico
13 Rafael, Peru
14 Fiesta, Peru
15 La Mar, Peru
16 Mocotó, Brazil
17 La Cabrera, Argentina
18 Tomo 1, Argentina...
19 Criterión, Colombia (Best in Colombia)
20 Parador La Huella, Uruguay (Best in Uruguay)
21 Quintonil, Mexico
22 Harry Sasson, Colombia
23 Fasano, Brazil
24 Andrés Carne de Res, Colombia ...
25 Alto, Venezuela (Best in Venezuela)
26 Merotoro, Mexico
27 Oviedo, Argentina
28 Chila, Argentina
29 Sucre, Argentina
30 Corazon de Tierra, Mexico
31 Aramburu, Argentina
32 Attimo, Brazil
33 Pura Tierra, Argentina
34 Casa Oaxaca Hotel, Mexico...
35 Olympe, Brazil
36 Sud 777, Mexico
37 Francis Mallmann 1884, Argentina
38 Remanso do Bosque, Brazil (One to Watch)
39 El Baqueano, Argentina
40 Unik, Argentina
41 Epice, Brazil
42 La Bourgogne, Uruguay
43 Pitiona, Mexico
44 Paraje Arévalo, Argentina ...
45 Casa Umare, Argentina
46 Laja, Mexico
47 El Cielo, Colombia
48 Osaka, Chile
49 Hernán Gipponi Restaurante, Argentina
50 Elena, Argentina