Chef Carolina Bazán has been recognised as Latin America’s best female chef for 2019, an award given by the organisation Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019. The handing over of the award will take place during the award ceremony on Thursday the 10th of October in Buenos Aires.
The chef currently runs the restaurants Ambrosia and Ambrosia Bistro in Santiago de Chile, where she practices French cuisine with a menu inspired by the local market. She buys fresh products herself at the Central Market of La Vega and from trusted suppliers to then cook them and offer the best quality ingredients in her dishes.
The chef’s effort is reflected not only in her laborious dishes but also in the awards and recognitions she has received during her professional career. Her first restaurant, Ambrosia, was labelled a One To Watch in the year 2014 and was recognised as Chile’s Best Restaurant by the magazine Wikén in 2015. We should also remember that in the last edition of the List of Latin America’s Best Restaurants, Ambrosia occupied the number 24 spot, and it is sure to place higher this year.
Bazán first came into contact with cooking when she was very young in her mother’s kitchen, where she learnt and reproduced what she taught her. It was in the year 2003 that Bazán opened Ambrosia with the help of her family. The restaurant was an instant success thanks to the combination of constant work and the two trips the chef made in search of new flavours (Peru, Brazil, Italy, Thailand, etc.).
In 2010, Bazán moved to France to continue her culinary training, attending one of France’s largest gastronomy schools, the École de Cuisine at Hôtelière Ferrandi, and it was in Paris that she had the opportunity to work under Grégory Marchand, at the well-known restaurant Frenchie
In 2013, the chef transformed Ambrosia giving it a new more modern concept under the name of Ambrosia Bistro, where the market fresh products stand out on a menu that constantly changes with the season.