Meet the Venezuelan chef fighting poverty with gastronomy

The chefs of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants have united in their fight for change by voting for a cook who is using his voice to help feed Venezuela’s hungry. Meet Carlos García, winner of the Chefs’ Choice Award 2018, sponsored by Estrella Damm.

When Maido first took the top spot in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2017, chef Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura took the stage and dedicated his award to his friend and fellow chef Carlos García, whose restaurant Alto was struggling with difficulties in crisis-stricken Venezuela. This year, as Maido was voted No.1 for the second year running, it was García who was grateful – as he said winning the Chefs’ Choice Award, voted for by his peers, had made him even happier than Tsumura.

“I’m speechless,” García says. “It’s such a beautiful thing, and I told Micha I’m even happier than him.”

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