Ambrosía and Ambrosía Bistro in Santiago, Chile
Chef Carolina Bazán, coming from a traveled and foodie background, chose to devote herself to gastronomy. In 2003 her family opened the first Ambrosia downtown in Santiago. In 2012 Chef Carolina and her partner, sommelier Rosario Onetto, began the first Hidden Kitchen movement in Santiago, which showcased Ambrosia’s new concept—a modern family bistro, outside of the classic gastronomic circuit, with fresh market products and a menu that changes daily according to what’s in season. In 2017 Chef Carolina and Rosario opened their own Ambrosia Bistro, located downtown; it has a very hip vibe, but maintains a simple seasonal menu that focuses on very tasty food.
Chef Saiko Izawa is a Japanese-Brazilian pastry chef who uses savory ingredients to bring a transformative experience through her desserts in São Paulo. Chef Saiko trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and was captivated with baking and pastry arts. Her creativity is limitless and she can be inspired by an artisan ceramic plate or by an ingredient and she is not afraid to hit all the taste palates, including bitter. After being awarded Latin America’s Best Pastry Chef 2017, Chef Izawa has plans to open her own establishment to share her famous creations, starting with Hannah Labo.
PBS Host, Pati’s Mexican Table; Resident Chef
Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, DC
Pati Jinich is the host of the two-time James Beard Award-winning PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table and resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC. She is also the author of two cookbooks, Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking and Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen.
Owner & Chef
South Philly Barbacoa
Cristina Martinez is a Mexican chef and immigration activist in Philadelphia. An undocumented immigrant, she crossed the border into the U.S. to escape domestic violence. She began cooking food for Mexican workers out of her apartment. As demand grew for her homemade barbacoa, she began selling tacos from a pushcart. In 2015, she opened South Philly Barbacoa. In 2016, Bon Appétit magazine named it one of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America. In 2019, Chef Cristina was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic, and was a Basque Culinary World Prize Finalist.
Club Tapiz (Winery), Mendoza, Argentina
Soledad Nardelli trained as a cook in Argentina, France, and Spain. She is recognized by the Argentine government as “Marca País Argentina,” an ambassador of the Argentine cuisine around the world. Chef Soledad leads the TV show Gourmet.tv for Latin America countries. She travels around Argentina lecturing about the local food and different cultures. The restaurant has a 100% sustainable philosophy.
Chef and Owner
Head Chef and Owner, Rosetta, Mexico City
Chef Elena Reygadas is chef and owner of Rosetta, a seasonal Mexican restaurant. She also runs the acclaimed bakery La Panadería de Rosetta (now with two locations); Lardo, a laid-back all-day restaurant; Café NIN, a European-style cafe; and Despensa Rosetta, a brand of goods. She was voted Latin America’s Best Female Chef in 2014. Her creative projects are shaped by the idea that food may not only encourage sharing, pleasure, and conviviality, but also promote the well-being of humans and of the earth. Chef Elena recently published her first book, which contains recipes and essays.
Kjolle, Lima, Peru
Mónica Sánchez trained in Lima, Perú, by working for more than 10 years in restaurants. She has been working with Pía León and Virgilio Martínez since 2014. A native of Trujillo, just north of Perú, she is now working as pastry chef in Kjolle. “I’m very excited about MPW Next Gen, it’s a way to show a little more the job that we are doing with the team and showing our culture with our dishes, in the same way that we do in Kjolle.”
Head Chef and Owner
Restaurant Lola, Copenhagen
Kamilla Seidler was voted Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2016 with Resaurant Gustu in La Paz, Bolivia. She is a household name in international cuisine. Her combination of culinary skill and social commitment has earned Chef Kamilla her reputation as one of the most exciting and respected chefs in the world. Currently, she resides in Copenhagen and is in the process of opening her new restaurant, Lola, which pulls culinary inspiration from her years in South America.