Friday, September 19, 2014

Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants Party




On September 3rd I went to Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony & party in Lima, Peru. The venue of the festivities was the marvelous Country Club Hotel, a colonial style villa with the grandeur of bygone times.

The party was sponsored by San Pellegrino, Acqua Panna and Veuve Cliquot. Champagne was obviously richly flowing, but since we were in Peru... there was also an abundance of Pisco Sour (and a ceviche buffet).

It turned out to be a great party, especially when no less than 8 Peruvian restaurants made it to the list... and the number one was revealed... a restaurant from Lima....Central! Chef Virgilio Martínez Véliz was over the moon with joy.

Later that night I was so lucky to get a picture with him. Other winners shown here: Gastón Acurio from Astrid y Gastón (No. 2) and Carolina Bazán from Ambrosía (No. 37). I also met the Peruvian minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Mrs. Magali Silva Velarde - Álvarez, who had big plans for both the restaurant world and the tourism sector.

The afterparty was held at restaurant La Picantería (No. 31), which was turned into a hot salsa club! Chilcanos were made by the gallon... needless to say everybody had a hangover the next morning. But who cares? We danced the night away with Peruvians, Americans, Chileans, Italians, etc. The United Nations of the restaurant scene!

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Many thanks to the organisation of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants; PromPerú and USP Marketing PR!

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