We are happy to announce the dinner series "Savouring Bolivia" with chef Mauricio López, head chef of GUSTU in La Paz, no. 28 of San Pellegrino's Latin America's List of 50 Best Restaurant, on the 17, 18, 19 May 2018.
Mauricio began his cooking studies in his native city La Paz and worked as an intern in world-renowned restaurants, such as Noma in Denmark, Astrid y Gastón in Peru and Azurmendi in the Basque Country.
In 2012, he was hired by Melting Pot Foundation to be part of the staff of a gourmet restaurant in Bolivia whose main objective would be to show the Bolivian productive potential, cultural richness and biological diversity to the world, with the aim of propelling the national gastronomic culture as an engine of social and economic development for Bolivia. That restaurant would be called GUSTU.
After founding the mother organisation Melting Pot in Denmark (2010), Danish entrepreneur Claus Meyer (founder of Noma, and countless other leading lights in gastronomy) established MELTING POT in Bolivia (2012), a not-for-profit organisation created with the purpose to propel a sustainable social and economic development in Bolivia through food. It is the ambition of Melting Pot Bolivia to explore and share Bolivia ́s biological diversity and it ́s culinary heritage, thereby creating a source of dignity and pride for the people of this country.
GUSTU is Quechua for “flavour”, and the restaurant is the result of a dreamers’ belief that it is possible to change the world through food. They work tirelessly to inspire a whole new generation dedicated to gastronomy, culinary arts, and food production, to discover the true potential of Bolivian gastronomic culture with the amitious aim of being engine for socio-econommic progress in the nation.
Bolivian natural, cultural and geographical diversity provides an infinite universe of possibilities to be harnessed and shared. The use of indigenous products directly benefits Bolivian people, improving their living conditions of producers and their communities. GUSTU Restaurant works exclusively with products planted, grown, born, raised and processed in Bolivia, to spread the generosity of Bolivia’s nature and people to a global audience.
GUSTU Restaurant has developed a modern and innovative cooking style with the combination of ancient and highly innovative techniques that highlight the value and special features of hundreds of native products, transporting guests through the wealth and biodiversity of Bolivia, surprising even the most demanding palates.
Come and have taste of what's cooking in Bolivia. Dinner starts at 8pm, and guests are welcome from 7:30pm onwards. The set menu costs £50, and an optional drinks pairing menu will be available for £35. To book "Savouring Bolivia" dinners on 17, 18, 19 May 2018 hit the button below. To avoid disappointment, book early and let us know your dietary requirements.