Who is the owner of El Chato, the best restaurant in Colombia according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants?

Who is the owner of El Chato, the best restaurant in Colombia according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants?
Who is the owner of El Chato, the best restaurant in Colombia according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants?

Bloomberg Line — El Chatofounded by Bogota chef Álvaro Clavijo, was the only Colombian restaurant that entered the select list this year The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024considered one of the most important guides to global gastronomy.

The Bogotá restaurant was cataloged like the 25 best in the worldbeing the only one from Colombia on the list, rubbing shoulders with several of the best in the world and Latin America such as the Peruvian Maido (5th place), the Mexican Quintonil (7) and the Argentine Don Julio (10).

Further down South America there is also the Peruvian Kjollealso located in Lima.

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In the Bogotá restaurant, Álvaro Clavijo uses local products and from neighboring regions, combining them with global flavors and techniques. The kitchen It is guided by seasonal products and has a tasting menu.

In 2023, Bloomberg Line included El Chato as one of the three best restaurants to do business in Colombia, along with Leo (Chapinero), by renowned chef Leonor Espinosa; and Elcielo (Zona G), by chef Juan Manuel Barrientos, who has already been recognized with some of his international brands with the Michelin star.

On the second floor of El Chato “there is a private room with an exclusive view of the kitchen where events and business meetings can be held. Its privacy makes it ideal for this type of activities in an intimate room with first-class service,” he noted. Bloomberg Line at the time.

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Who is Bogota chef Álvaro Clavijo?

El Chato.Bogotá restaurant in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.(Courtesy)

Alvaro Clavijo, 38 years old, he trained at the Hofmann Hospitality School in Barcelona (Spain) and at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.

At the beginning of his career, he asked for a job as a waiter, he worked washing dishes in a restaurant and since it didn’t go well, they moved him to a position in the kitchen, according to what he told local media.

He worked in some of the most renowned restaurants such as L’Atelier, by Joël Robuchon, and after four years he traveled to New York to work at Per Se, by chef Tomas Keller.

Later, he did an internship at what at that time was considered the best restaurant in the world, the Danish No momby chef René Redzepi.

Already in 2012, before returning permanently to the country, he returned to New York and worked at Atera, by chef Matthew Lightner.

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Chef Álvaro Clavijo founded El Chato in 2017 in zone G of Bogotá, after being denied a Russian visa, and eight years later it has positioned itself as one of the most renowned in the country. El Chato is classified by the chef himself as his most important project.

In 2018, the restaurant debuted at number 21 in the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. It was not until 2022 when it entered the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, ranking 83rd.

And in 2023 it was rated the 33rd best restaurant in the world, according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, rising 50 positions compared to the immediately previous year.

According to the brand’s own description, “the tasting menu is rotating, due to the constant reinvention of dishes that are adapts to make the most of the offer of nearby products and ingredients without leaving aside its classic dishes”.

“This is a recognition for Colombia and its gastronomy, we are very grateful and proud to position our country worldwide with this distinction. There are millions of restaurants, being among the 50 best in the world in the position and being the only Colombian is a great reason for celebration,” said chef Álvaro Clavijo after the achievement in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024.

 
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