“The future of Latin American cuisine is beautiful” – Micha Tsumura, Maido, No.1 in Latin America

As his restaurant Maido in Lima is named The Best Restaurant in Latin America, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, for the second year in a row, chef Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura takes a moment to shine the spotlight on the cuisine of the entire Latin American region.

For Micha Tsumura, winning the top spot in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants is a recognition not just for Maido but for Nikkei – the cuisine that fuses Peruvian and Japanese ingredients and techniques – and for the whole of Latin America. With the region’s cuisine now more popular than ever on a global scale, he says it’s time for Latin America’s chefs to look within their own countries to push their cuisines forward.

“The level of gastronomy in Latin America has grown so much in the last few years and there’s a new generation of cooks that have grown in Peru,” he said. “That makes me smile because the future is so beautiful for our cuisine. The people are so capable, not just as cooks but also in understanding the importance of sustainability and social conscience. It’s time for all Latin Americans to look within their countries. We’re building a new cuisine.”

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