Elena Reygadas recognized as the Veuve Clicquot Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2014

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Elena ReygadasElena Reygadas will receive the award during the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in Lima, Peru on 3rd September 2014.

Mexican-born Elena Reygadas, the chef behind Rosetta restaurant in Mexico City, has won the Veuve Clicquot Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2014 award, which celebrates her outstanding work, as well as the innovation and creativity that she serves to her diners.

The Veuve Clicquot Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2014 award will be presented on September 3rd, in the city of Lima, Peru, during the second awards ceremony for Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. This event – organised by William Reed Business Media, the people behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants – celebrates the gastronomic diversity and quality of Latin American restaurants. At the awards ceremony, the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 list will also be revealed. Both the award and the list are voted for by a group of more than 250 industry experts from across the region.

Reygadas was born in Mexico, where she took her first steps into the kitchen scene; then she left home for New York to study at The French Culinary Institute where she honed her talent. Later she moved to London to work in some of its best kitchens, including Locanda Locatelli, which had a great impact on her career. She remained there for five years working next to chef Giorgio Locatelli and developed a deep affection for classic Italian cuisine.

In 2010, Elena Reygadas decided to return to Mexico and open her own restaurant, baptised Rosetta. Quickly, this simple, cosy and tastefully designed restaurant located in the exclusive district of Roma established itself as one of the best restaurants in the capital of Mexico. The seasons and finding the ideal ingredients for the enjoyment of the diners are the basis for the creation of Elena’s delicacies. Thus, her reflective yet imaginative cooking has earned her a feted reputation, which is ratified by this award.

Rosetta’s highlights include signature handmade pasta – including gnocchi-like malfatti and perfectly formed orecchiette. Likewise, the bread used in Rosetta’s terrific panzanella salad deserves a special mention. In its menu, Rosetta takes into account a variety of international influences, while remaining grounded in Mexico’s own ingredients and culinary traditions.

The Veuve Clicquot Latin America’s Best Female Chef award is inspired by the life and achievements of Madame Clicquot, who nearly 200 years ago set the standard for women in business.

Finally, in addition to presenting the aforementioned award to Elena Reygadas at the awards ceremony on September 3rd, 2014, other prestigious awards will be announced such as The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award and a new award: Latin America’s Best Pastry Chef 2014, sponsored by Cacao Barry. The awards ceremony will end with the announcement of the S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Latin America, which will be followed by a true Latin American party.

posted by: Eric Fujimori
8/2/14