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South American cuisine: upping its game

A fresh generation of chefs and a spectacular natural larder has put the continent’s foodie scene on the map. But which city is leading the pack?

Lima continues to hog the limelight, with chefs Virgilio Martínez, of Central (number one in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014) and Gastón Acurio, of Astrid y Gastón (number two), acting as ambassadors for their country’s cuisine around the globe.

São Paulo, meanwhile, is home to superb restaurants like D.O.M., where Alex Atala works wonders with obscure Amazonian ingredients. Elsewhere, Buenos Aires offers so much more than steak — arguably the continent’s finest sushi and river fish, for starters.

But the rising star of South America’s dining scene is Bogotá. As it sheds its violent reputation, the Colombian capital is shaping up to be a foodie hotspot. So committed is it to its culinary talent, in fact, that an entire neighbourhood has been named Zona G — that’s ‘G’ for Gourmet.

Read the full article in National Geographic Traveller (October 2015)

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