As every year in June, the San Pellegrino World’s 50 best restaurants have been announced and we are proud to mention that Peru’s main players were able to maintain their ranking on this list. True the list may perhaps have not yet reached the standards and international recognition as the Michelin rating but it is worth noting that appreciation for this list, both from the restaurant holders as well as potential diners, has been increasing steadily over the last couple of years. One argument often mentioned is the more global view of this ranking compared to what often is perceived as a pretentieus favoritism for the European kitchens. The World’s 50 best list itself is also not without controversy of course as there have been complaints about favoritism based on the use of sponsoring brands. Also the fact that is a seperate award for the best female chef is not always been well received in the culinary world.
This year the comite came up with a new list called the Best of the Best which only holds those restaurants that have once topped the list in the last 18 years that the ranking has been made. Once you are in the best of the best you can no longer appear in the 50 best list. A bit of a strange system if you ask me, since now it seems that the 50 best are no longer competing with the best and longstanding names such as El Bulli, Noma, Eleven Madison Park or the Osteria Francescana.
Anyway, without further ado, here are the results for South America; As a continent South America managed to have in total 6 restaurants in the top 50 and another Every year Peru tops the list with two restaurants in the top ten; Central by Virgillio Martinez on 6 and Maido from Mitsuharu Tsumura on place number 10. Both have slightly dropped from 3 and 6 last year.
After these two Peruvian powerhouses the next South American restaurant is Boragó in Santiago de Chile on place number 26. Don Julio, an Argentinean Carne & Asado classic in Buenos Aires can be found on nr. 34 and A Casa do Porco in Sao Paulo on place number 39. Finally one of the newest additions to the list and the first Colombian restaurant to be part of the top 50 is Léo in Bogota on place 49.
Other South American restaurants worth mentioning and ranked in the larger list of 120 restaurants include; Brazilian classic D.O.M. in Sao Paulo on 54, the Peruvian classic, Astrid and Gaston which has dropped to place 67 in the list, relatively new Mani also in Sao Paulo, Lasai in Rio de Janeiro, Tegui of Buenos Aires on 86 and Oteque in Rio on nr. 100.
Finally it is also worth noting that there is also a special Latin America ranking that will be made public in October this year. This is often more interesting as it clearly shows the up and coming places to go to in South America, in my view often more rewarding experiences then with the power houses mentioned in the list above.
So for the foodies that did not take us seriously yet, South America is not only a lust for the eye but also for the taste buds.