Food

Five exciting Latin American restaurants

Virgilio Martínez and Pía León, the husband-and-wife team behind three-time Best Restaurant in Latin America, Central, have – quite literally – changed the landscape with their new restaurant, Mil.

Interview: Pía León, Kjolle

“There was always that fear that Kjolle wouldn’t live up to Central. I took a risk but I decided to do it, and luckily we have a strong team.”

Dan Barber takes farm to table to a new level

When Barber asked Mazourek why he didn’t make a squash that tasted good, the breeder responded by saying that nobody had ever asked him to breed specifically with flavour in mind.

Food trip: Mexico

Sometime in late 2003, I found myself standing on the roadside in Querétaro, three hours north of Mexico City, clumsily eating a bistec taco with lime juice dribbling down my arm.

Food trip: Slovenia

A three-day jaunt in a nifty hire car was the perfect amount of time to take in the capital and the iconic Lake Bled before combining peaceful countryside with destination dining at Hisa Franko.

Interview: Leonor Espinosa, Leo

While most global foodies can identify ceviche as a Peruvian dish and tacos as Mexican, many would be hard-pushed to name a typically Colombian bite.

Interview: Ferran Adrià, El Bulli

Eighteen years old and desperate for cash to fund a summer of partying in Ibiza, the future world’s greatest chef did what any teenager might do – he took a job washing pots.

Interview: Matt Stone, Oakridge

“When I was a kid, kangaroo was only in the pet food section of the supermarket. Now it takes pride of place in supermarkets next to the Wagyu beef.”

Interview: Dan Hunter, Brae

There’s a dish on the menu at Brae called Iced Oyster. It’s actually a sweet milk ice cream with a salty twist that’s capable of turning even the least adventurous into oyster fans.

Profile: Blue Hill at Stone Barns

A quick sift through the comments reveals not just praise for Barber’s food but also a whole lot of respect and admiration for his vision. One simply writes “Mind. Blown.”

Interview: Daniela Soto-Innes, Cosme

“Everyone at Cosme says serving President Obama was one of the most beautiful moments they’d ever had. When I talk about it, I get goose bumps.”

Interview: May Chow, Little Bao

“As soon as I sit down, I think ‘I should open another restaurant’. I love Melbourne – the food scene is amazing – and London would be awesome too.”