Virgilio Martinez and Rodolfo Guzmán go head-to-head

Two of Latin America's leading chefs discuss and cook innovative, local food in Santiago de Chile next week
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Virgilio Martinez and Rodolfo Guzmán on the flyer for their Ngelemen talk next week
Virgilio Martinez and Rodolfo Guzmán on the flyer for their Ngelemen talk next week

Both Virgilio Martinez and Rodolfo Guzmán have gone to geographical extremes to create their extraordinary dishes. Martinez, the extraordinary Peruvian chef and man behind the acclaimed Central restaurant and the Mater Iniciativa food lab, has drawn on indigenous traditions and rarefied, academic knowledge to uncover new and previously neglected ingredients. Guzmán has trod a similar path, striking out into the deserts, forests and mountains of his native Chile to bring back some incredible tasting flora and fauna to his Santiago de Chile restaurant Boragó, and research centre, Conectáz.

 

Virgilio Martinez at the Moray ruins in Peru. Photo by Daniel Silva from Central
Virgilio Martinez at the Moray ruins in Peru. Photo by Daniel Silva from Central

Fortunately, this coming Tuesday, 9 January, Latin American gourmands will only have to get to the innovation center of Universidad Católica in Santiago to hear these two questing chefs in conversation.

The pair are taking part in an innovative new cultural programme called Ngelemen. The word means getting together in Mapudungún, the langauge of the Mapuche people, and the programme brings together farmers, scientists, chefs and thinkers to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by food in this part of Latin America.

 

Rodolfo Guzmán
Rodolfo Guzmán

The event is free and open to all, while both chefs will oversee a special dinner at Boragó on Wednesday 10 January. For more on the event go here; for more on Rodolfo Guzmán get Boragó; and for more on Virgilio Martinez get Central.


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