Panama‘s gastronomic self-discovery is a journey that has started only recently, leading to a hype in traditional and experimental cuisine. With a diverse and bursting restaurant scene, Panama is also home to some of the most influential and world-renowned chefs. Here’s our pick of Panama City‘s hottest chefs for 2017.
Charlie Collins is considered an institution in Panama. Trained at the Hotel Panamonte in the mountain town of Boquete, he developed the concept of ‘from the garden to the table’. After studying and working in the US, where he sharpened his skills, he came back to Panama to focus on typical cuisine. His catering company brings some of the best Panamanian food to private events, while he continues operating as executive chef at the Hotel Panamonte.
After winning the Panama Gastronomica competition, the young Hernán Correa opened his own restaurant, Riesen, and later went on to win another TV competition, first season of Panama’s Top Chef . Using almost only local ingredients, Correa aims to give a modern touch to traditional Panamanian cuisine. His dishes are creative experiments that bring together classic flavours with unusual textures. Definitely a must-try.
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