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The 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America announced that Carolina Bazán – chef and co-owner of Ambrosía and Ambrosía Bistro in Santiago, Chile – is the winner of the 2019 Best Female Chef in Latin America award. In its seventh year of existence, the award aims to support and promote inclusion in the culinary sphere and offer women the opportunity to be role models for inspiring future generations of young people, both in the kitchen and beyond.She Bazán will receive the prestigious recognition at the award ceremony of the 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, on Thursday, October 10 in Buenos Aires, Argentina – an annual event bringing together chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and gastronomic from around the world. This is the first year the event program will be held in Argentina, following previous editions in Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The award is the first of three to be announced ahead of the list of the 50 best restaurants in Latin America. Other special awards to be announced soon are the American Express Icon Award on September 12 and the Miele One To Watch Award on September 26.“We are excited that Carolina’s name is registered in the legacy of the bestFemale chefs from Latin America. She is a pioneer in the growing trend of market-to-table cooking in the region and in society at large, ”said William Drew, director of content for Latin America’s 50 best restaurants.Bazán is best known for managing the Ambrosía and Ambrosía Bistro restaurants in Santiago, Chile, where he applies French style to a menu inspired by the local market. In 2014, its first restaurant, Ambrosía, was named The Only One to Watch at the 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America and has since taken Ambrosía to a regular place in the annual food ranking alongside Rosario Onetto, its life and business companion.”Being elected the best female chef in Latin America is an honor for me, not just for whatachieved in my restaurants, but by the balance I had to instill in my personal life andprofessional, ”said Bazán.“ I worked hard for it, but I couldn’t have done it without my family. They are my priority in every aspect of my life. ”The daughter of a diplomat, Bazán lived in various parts of the Americas until she was 13 years old. His mother took cooking classes before trying new creations for her guests, while Bazan and his brother helped prepare the ingredients and acted as service personnel. At just 23, Bazán ran a kitchen for the first time when he opened the first version of Ambrosía with his family in downtown Santiago. The restaurant was an immediate success as the family produced homemade flavors perfectly. But in 2010, Bazán moved to France to expand his culinary training, working under the direction of Grégory Marchand at the acclaimed Parisian Frenchie restaurant.In 2013, Bazán returned to Ambrosía’s address, taking the place to a new location where hecompletely transformed the menu and the approach of the ingredients. The result was a modern family restaurant, where fresh market produce surpasses the seasonal menus inspired by the flavors the chef discovered through his travels throughout Latin America and beyond.More recently, Bazán opened Ambrosía Bistro, an intimate urban project where bistronomy is the norm.He currently runs the Ambrosía and Ambrosía Bistro kitchens, whose successes he shares with his partner and his two children.Bazán joins a select group of women recognized for their invaluable contribution to thegastronomy since the launch of the 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America in 2013. Among the winners of the Best Female Chef Award in Latin America are Pía León of Central and Kjolle in Peru in 2018; Leonor Espinosa, from Leo, Colombia in 2017; Kamilla Seidler from Gustu, Bolivia in 2016; Brazilian chef Roberta Sudbrack in 2015; Elena Reygadas from Rosetta, Mexico in 2014; and Helena Rizzo, from Maní, Brazil in 2013. Each one of them was honored for their positive impact on the region’s cuisine and their worldwide perception.