Voted as elit Vodka Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2018, Pía León is stepping out from behind the scenes at Central, the restaurant that topped the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list from 2015 to 2017.

Pía León is no stranger to accolades. Over her 10 years at Central in Lima, she has collected three consecutive No.1s and one No.2 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, four trophies for Best Restaurant in South America and a Highest Climber Award when the restaurant shot to No.15 from No.50 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants back in 2014. León runs the kitchen at Central and has taken to the stage at every awards ceremony but, until now, has preferred the spotlight to shine on her husband, Virgilio Martínez, the founder and public face of the restaurant.

That is set to change, as León establishes herself as a solo restaurateur with her new concept, Kjolle, and accepts the elit Vodka Latin America’s Best Female Chef Award at the sixth edition of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. At 31 years old, the accomplished Peruvian chef, who has always opted to remain behind the scenes, says she is now ready for the media attention brought by her new restaurant.

Read the full interview with Pía León on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants website.

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