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Latin Wave: the World Takes Note

Latin Wave: the World Takes Note

Latin countries – from Central and South America to Spain – are shaping and innovating the way the world eats and FDL pays tribute to this new gourmet wave

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There’s an undeniably Latin wave that’s making its presence felt in the world’s restaurants and culinary trends. Fine Dining Lovers travelled to Lima for the Mistura Festival, an internationally renowned event on the global gastronomic calendar, and gathered stories from chefs of Latin origins and passions.

On the subject of Peru, don’t miss the story about the country’s most famous chef, Gaston Acurio, who’s became a national hero for leading a revolution with kitchen knives instead of weapons. It’s Acurio who created the Mistura Festival, together with Apega, the Peruvian Society for Gastronomy.
And since its inception it has managed to unite a huge cross sector of Peruvian culture all connected by one element: food. Peru has 12 regional cuisines, with roots in Spanish and Amerindian culture, mixing Asian, European and African ethnicities.

From Peru, we head next to Brazil, where more than 11,000 foodies attended the Semana Mesa Conference in Sao Paulo: a celebration of Brazil food, which is becoming one of the hot new cuisines, and featuring a few of Italy’s best chefs as special guests. Fine Dining Lovers was right there, and reveals all the secrets to Brazilian cooking while bringing you face to face with Brazil’s new generation of talented chefs. Don’t miss our report and our image gallery.

And when talking about beloved Latin cuisine, who could forget Spain? The nation of experimentation and Michelin stars. We paid a visit to the Basque Countrires and Gastronomika, a culinary congress that is becoming one of the most influential in the world, held in San Sebastian: the city with the highest number of Michelin starred restaurants per capita on the planet and the city of origin to the Arzak family. And take a closer look at the career of Quique Dacosta, that began at age 14 in a pizzeria, where he worked washing dishes, peeling potatoes, and learning all the behind-the-scene steps in a restaurant.

And the Latin trend goes on: in the Spanish capital city of Madrid, the conference Madrid Fusión begins, with guests like Heston Blumenthal, Michel Troisgros, Joel Robuchon, Paco Roncero (here a report behind the scenes of elBulli dinner he prepared in London), together with Magnus Nilsson, Seiji Yamamoto, Daniel Patterson, Niko Romito, Paolo Lopriore, Nuno Mendes (to read more about his Loft Project and The Long Table project click here), Joan and Jordi Roca. For the 2012 edition, which is the event’s 10th Anniversary, Madrid shows off its best flavours: for two weeks, more than three hundred stores and restaurants throughout the city will participate in a program of activities related to the most dynamic gastronomic event of the year (Sensory Experiences, Gastrocultura, Madrid Gourmet, Gastrofashion, and Enocultura Gastrosalud). It’s the perfect time to catch the Latin gastro-wave.

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