Gastronomy

Ibero-American Gastronomic Event: a meeting of cultures

Ibero-American Gastronomic Event: a meeting of cultures

Seven renowned chefs from Latin America visited Portugal as a result of Lisbon’s status as Ibero-American Capital of Culture. The first and most eagerly awaited stop was at Lisbon’s Eleven restaurant. Chef Joachim Koerper welcomed Rodolfo Gúzman, from Chile, Felipe Bronze and Jorge Munõz, from Brazil, and Elena Reygadas, from Mexico, into his kitchen for a special dinner paired with some of our wines.

In addition to Joachim and the guest chefs, three Portuguese chefs, José Avillez, Ricardo Costa and Leonel Pereira were invited to get things started with the evening’s first dishes – cold-cooked squid with citrus fruit, fish stew, lobster cataplana with fava bean and turnip purée and oxtail.

The pork chop, spicy guava and lentil tutu by Brazilian chef Felipe Bronze of Restaurante Oro, in Rio de Janeiro, was the first dish presented by the international stars.

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«The pork was super tender, the spicy guava, spread on cabbage leaves offered originality and interesting contrasts, the lentil tutu, which is a traditional purée from the minas gerais region, lent a touch of regional culture.» Expresso
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Elena Reygadas, who was considered the best female chef in Latin America in 2014, kicked off the starters with her pink pine nuts, merengue and toasted mamey pits.
«(….), boasting a variety of local ingredients, with a strong taste of bitter almond. Pixtle, she later explained, is the pit of a mexican tropical fruit called mamey, which only exists in mexico and another latin american country» Expresso
Next was the humita dulce of Peruvian chef Jorge Muñoz, from the Nikkei Pakta restaurant in Barcelona, and, finally, the daring ice brulée and rose of the year sandwich by the Chilean chef, Rodolfo Gúzman.

Throughout the evening, the dishes were paired with Esporão Verdelho 2016, Private Selection white 2012, Reserva red 2014 and Quinta dos Murças Porto Tawny 10 anos.

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«Esporão wines accompanied the gastronomic event – and did so with distinction. Applause for the Esporão Verdelho 2016, for starters, with unbeatable freshness, and for the Private Selection white 2012(sold out in wine shops). The Porto Tawny 10 anos Quinta dos Murças also proved interesting paired with the desserts» Expresso
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The dinner was repeated the following night and the journey only ended at Herdade do Esporão with guests and journalists from each country.

«It was a memorable gathering. The foreign chefs and journalists loved Lisbon and the Alentejo. They will take home with them an excellent impression of Lisbon, and of Portugal as a result. One of the high points of the event was the lunch at Herdade do Esporão. Both the menu and the atmosphere were unforgettable». Luciana Froes, O Globo