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Chefs to Watch in Latin America Right Now

25th May 2018 // By Lauren Hill & Will Grice

Following on from our piece about the best restaurant openings in Latin America,Elite Traveler has put together a list of nine Latin America chefs who are set for stardom over the next 12 months.

Xavier Pacheco
Comederia Fonda Urbana, Puerto Rico

A chef that’s said to be spearheading the farm-to-table dining scene in Puerto Rico, Xavier Pacheco has attracted widespread attention in recent years, even making an appearance on Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain late last year. This episode delves into Pacheco’s work following Hurricane Maria, as he endeavors to bring business at his restaurant in San Juan (previously named La Jaquita Baya and now called Comederia Fonda Urbana) back to normal and return to sourcing the majority of his ingredients from the local farmers and fishermen he’s forged relationships with. While he overcomes this challenge, Pacheco further proves his passion for developing the farm-to-table dining scene in this country, and sharing good and nutritious food with the people who eat at his restaurant. Not only is the chef promoting fresh and local cuisine, he’s cooking up creative plates that you’ll keep talking about long after you’ve left.

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