After a bit of a break, Argentina has once again garnered recognition from the World’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2017 committee. Chef Germán Martitegui’s restaurant, Tegui, a modern Argentine cuisine restaurant in the Palermo neighborhood in the City of Buenos Aires, won seat number 49. Also honored as the fourth best in the world is Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco for his restaurant, Mirazur, located in France.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy that releases the annual list is composed of over 1,000 cuisine experts in over 26 designated world regions. The lists started 15 years ago, in 2002. Argentina first made its namesake with Francis Mallmann’s restaurant, 1884, which landed Argentina in the seventh position.
And what a comeback Tegui has made for Argentina. The restaurant features “modern Argentine” flavors, channeling techniques and agricultural products from every corner of Argentina, severed over the span of three entrees, a main, and a dessert (and, of course, a wine selection). Monthly, Martitegui features an eight-part tasting, where some of his best dishes shine: Patagonian-inspired flame-grilled oysters with sea foam, Northwest Andean-inspired chivito with potatoes and medicinal herbs, and traditional grilled sweetbread.
Also praised by the Academy is Tegui’s sexy atmosphere, with a white open-concept kitchen, black floorboards, jungle-like patio, and bustling wine cellar. Martitegui shares he even sold his car to purchase the perfect oven for the restaurant. Perhaps its this sacrifice that has already landed Tegui as a top 100 restaurant the two years (83rd in 2015 and 68th in 2016), and one of the top 10 restaurants in Latin America in 2015.
— Germán Martitegui (@germantegui) December 1, 2016
“Cooking [with] the dear China Muller in Bariloche. Food for fellow cooks and producers #proyectotierras #RioNegro Thanks @catenawines”
Martitegui isn’t finished yet, either. Last year he released his first book: 480 pages of photo and text journeying through a year’s life in Tegui’s kitchen. Part of the journey includes is “Proyecto Tierras,” which allows him to travel around Argentina’s 23 provinces to meet producers, sample their agricultural products, and, likely, find inspiration for outstanding dishes to come.
— Hugo Palavecino (@Uke7) April 5, 2017
“Two Argentine chefs among the best 50 in the world: @maurocolagreco and @germantegui #Worlds50Best”
Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco represents with his “fresh Mediterranean” restaurant, Mirazur, on the French Riviera bordering Italy. He started the restaurant in 2006, and earned his first Michelin star within a year and his second in 2012. The Academy honors his menu for its outstanding produce and seafood freshness, as the food is sources from Colagreco’s own garden and the local Ventimiglia market. His signature dish? The Academy writes, “Colagreco’s signature of oyster with tapioca, shallot cream and pear is a modern classic in the making.”
The list was topped by Chef Daniel Humm’s restaurant Eleven Madison Park in New York City. True to the list’s number one, Humm also took in awards for the best restaurant in North America. No big deal. Eleven Madison Park features “A New York twist on modern European.” If you’re ever in NYC, the Academy suggested you try the honey lavender-roasted duck from the 11-course tasting menu featured until June.