International Chefs at the 3rd Bogota Wine and Food Festival



The directors of the Bogotá Wine and Food Festival, Gaeleen Quinn and Iris Quinn, have created a gastronomical event that promotes Colombian gastronomy and chefs, as well as international cuisines.

Some of the activities going on this week in Bogota include:

  • La Gran Degustación
  • Bubble Night
  • BBQ Night
  • Tacos and Tequila Night
  • National and international gastronomical fair
  • Brunch
  • Mixology classes

Some of the international chefs that will be present this year:

Virgilio Martinez

Virgilio, a Peruvian chef and restaurant owner, promotes the spread of Peruvian cuisine by applying modern cooking techniques to indigenous Peruvian ingredients. Recently his restaurant located in the Miraflores District of Lima, Peru, Central Restaurante, was considered by the UK magazine Restaurant to be #50 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In 2012 he opened Senzo in the Palacio Nazarenas hotel in Cuzco and LIMA, a modern Peruvian-style restaurant in London, UK.

Hiroko Shimbo

Hiroko’s bestselling cookbook, The Japanese Kitchen, has won awards such as the Food & Wine magazine’s “Best of the Best”. Considered the definitive guide for Japanese cooks, and one of the best Asian food cookbooks in the last decades. A third cookbook will be coming out this fall.

Enrique Olvera

Some of the many awards Enrique has won over the years include: GQ Mexico’s 15 Men of the Year, Food & Wine’s 10 Most Promising World Cuisines, Travel + Leisure’s Best Tasting Menu, Best book of the Year and Best Spanish-Language Television Program. His restaurant placed 16thin the 2013 Elite Traveler & Laurent Perrier Top 100 Restaurant Guide.

Carlo Mirarchi

Chef Mirarchi is a partner in Roberta’s, which opened January of 2008. Carlo is a self-taught chef who was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs of 2011 and gotten attention from the New York Times, Bon Appétit, and other publications. Mirarchi’s food has appeared at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, SXSW, Art Basel, and elsewhere.

Pierre Van Oost

Born in France and now living in La Paz for the last 15 years, Pierre is an international chef that has contributed to the history and development of the culinary arts in Bolivia. Among the many activities he’s participated in include being instructor for culinary workshops on quinoa, co-authoring the book Reflejo Culinario de los Lípez – Variaciones sobre Quinua Real y Llama  and co-owner of La Abuelita Restaurant.

Iñaki Aizpitarte

Iñaki is a self-taught chef, using his instinct to improvise menus that change daily.  Having traveled from Asia to Central America passing and most places in-between , Iñaki is an influential chef whose restaurant Le Chateaubriand was voted 9th best restaurant in the world according to San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best list in 2011.

Fernando Trocca

Former owner and chef of Llers in Buenos Aires and current owner of the restaurant Sucre. He spent some time as an executive chef in Mexico, and cooked his way through London, France, Spain and Italy.

Jan Niedrau

He’s the owner of one of the best restaurants in Quito, Zazuito, known for its amazing drinks and extensive menu.

Carlos Sanchez

Born in Colombia, Carlos worked in Switzerland at the Hotel Real, followed by 11 years working in New York. He’s cooked in the James Beard House in New York, and five years at the Walt Disney Resort. As the pastry chef at Parcel 104 in the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel, Carlos uses local ingredients to impress diners.

Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli     

These two Franks have been busy in recent years. They opened Frankies 457 Spuntino in Brooklyn in 2004. Two years later they opened Frankies 17 Spuntino in Manhattan. Prime Meats followed in 2009 and a month later saw the birth of Café Pedlar. That summer they opened Francis Louis Events & Catering, as well as a second Café Pedlar in NYC.

Festival runs from August 28– September 1, 2013.

Get more info from the Bogota Wine and Food Festival webpage.




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