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Rafael Tonon

Rafael Tonon
Rafael Tonon

Rafael Tonon

Rafael Tonon is a journalist and food writer living between Brazil and Portugal and traveling the world to eat and write. He covers food trends, eating traditions and restaurant industry. His work has appeared in Eater, Munchies (Vice), Slate, Atlas Obscura, and other leading publications. Journalist graduated in Brazil (Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas) in 2004, he is the author of books Food Revolutions (set to be published in Summer 2019 in Brazil) and 50 Restaurants with More than 50 years – 5 Decades of São Paulo’s Food Scene about the most traditional restaurants in São Paulo (Brazil).  He worked at Editora Abril - the largest group of magazines and media in Latin America. Between 2011 and 2013, he was the editor of Vida Simples (Editora Abril), a magazine specialized in sustainability, behavior, and well-being. During this period, he implemented in the magazine a monthly Food section, which deals with the food from a historical, anthropological, social and sustainable perspective. Rafael also worked as an editor in other magazines. He specializes in food and worked at several newspapers in Brazil. Today, as a freelancer, he works for various vehicles in the US and Europe. Rafael also specializes in behavioral and eating tendencies, being invited to be a lecturer in courses and events. 

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Christmas Leftovers: Five Delicious Recipes from Top Chefs
Christmas is a time for lots of wonderful food - but sometimes there's too much. Don't let any of it go to waste with these delicious leftover recipes from five of the world's best chefs.
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Virgilio Martínez: “It’s Time for Latin America to Conquer its Space in Gastronomy”
After Central was named the 'Best Restaurant in Latin America', Virgilio Martínez spoke to Fine Dining Lovers about his restaurant's historic win at Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 2022.
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Saturday Night's Alright for Closing (for These Chefs)
The trend for weekend closing is gathering steam, as some top chefs decide to shut on Saturdays and Sundays for the wellbeing and benefit of their staff. Find out more.
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FDL+ Meals in the Metaverse: The Future of Digital Dining
An increasing amount of day-to-day life is being lived in the digital realm, so how might the immersive virtual world of the metaverse affect the way we dine? Rafael Tonon dons his VR goggles and investigates.
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The Fire Within Victor Arguinzoniz
There's a burning passion inside Victor Arguinzoniz that's made his Asador Etxebarri restaurant in the Basque Country a firm favourite among the world's best chefs. Fine Dining Lovers spoke with Arguinzoniz and some of his famous contemporaries to see what fires him up.
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Restaurants Hit with Rising Energy Costs
In the wake of global lockdowns due to the pandemic, rising energy prices are continuing to hit restaurants hard across Europe. Fine Dining Lovers spoke to some chefs about the crisis.
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Say It With Vegetables This Valentine's with a Plant-Based Menu
Going green for Valentine's Day? We have the perfect plant-based menu from star chefs: from Andrew Wong's sweet, sour and spicy Sichuanese aubergine to Will Goldfarb's toasted papaya, and much more.
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Staff Crisis: Restaurants to Put Employees First in 2022
First came the pandemic, then came the staff shortages. But some chefs and restaurateurs are taking steps to combat the crisis. Rafael Tonon takes a closer look.
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Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants: Central is Restaurant of the Decade
Virgilio Martínez and Pía León's restaurant in Peru has been named the best restaurant of the decade in Latin America in a special edition of the awards ceremony. See the full list of 100 best restaurants.
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Rodrigo Oliveira and Adriana Salay: "The Award Shows that Local Action can Have a Universal Impact"
We spoke to the husband and wife team who motivated their local community to supply over 80,000 meals to the hungry in their São Paulo neighbourhood during the pandemic.
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Albert Adrià: Pop-ups Give us More Freedom to Test Reality
Ahead of the opening of ADMO*, a collaborative pop-up with Alain Ducasse, Albert Adrià spoke to Fine Dining Lovers about his new project, his French influences, and the return of elBulli.
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Where to Eat in Lisbon
Lisbon is a city where the gastronomy scene booms, with few parallels compared to the rest of Europe right now