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Brazilian Chef Alex Atala at a market in Sao Paulo. - AFP
Guide’s 25th volume will be the first to cover South America.
Hallowed restaurant guide Michelin has announced plans to launch its first red book for Brazil next spring – the first Michelin guide to cover South America.
Capitalising on the fact that the world is poised to turn its sights towards Brazil for the World Cup next month, one of the world’s most authoritative restaurant guides has dispatched a team of inspectors who are currently on a gastronomic reconnaissance mission, exploring the fine dining scenes of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
When it is released in March 2015, the Brazil guide will mark the publication’s 25th volume.
“The Brazilian gourmet dining scene has been developing steadily in recent years, led by particularly creative chefs,” said Michelin director Michael Ellis.
“The country has also become a very attractive destination for foreign chefs who are curious to discover products, traditions and cooking styles unlike any other in the world.”
One of the most anticipated star rankings will, no doubt, be D.O.M. in Sao Paulo, headed by chef Alex Atala, a regular on the gastronomic festival circuit who belongs to the tight-knit fraternity of international chefs like René Redzepi and David Chang.
Atala has received no small mountain of praise in the international food community for spotlighting the local, indigenous flavors of Brazilian cuisine and reviving the country’s epicurean heritage. One of his menu ingredients, for example, is wild Amazonian ants, which impart the flavours of lemongrass and ginger.
D.O.M. is also a regular on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking, and this year was named the best restaurant in South America. It landed in seventh spot overall.
Likewise, Mani is also a hot ticket in Sao Paulo, and scored a coup when its chef, Helena Rizzo, took the title of World’s Best Female Chef by the same organiser.
“Spearheading this development, the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo today rank among the world’s leading fine dining centres. Both share a creativity, curiosity and cultural openness that constantly nurture one of the world’s most dynamic gourmet dining scenes. What’s more, the two cities have become “must” visits in the international culinary landscape,” Ellis said. – AFP Relaxnews
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