The Best Chef Awards are intended to be a personal recognition for the chef, unlike other awards that focus on the general work of the restaurant. It is important to recognize the influence of these experts thanks to the inspiration and creativity they generate. The sixth edition, held in Madrid, Spain, was held from 18 to 20 September and Clavijo finished 86th.
The event took place at the Palacio de Cibeles’ Crystal Gallery, featuring world-renowned chefs from 30 countries, some with Michelin stars, with titles on lists such as the “50 Best” or recognized at other industry awards. The election process is handled by professionals in the field thanks to votes from the chefs themselves and others.
“It is a personal recognition, which would not have been possible without my El Chateau team. I feel great gratitude, emotion and responsibility, but put Colombia on the culinary map There is an incredible sense of the world. It’s been an incredible race and it gets better every year,” said Clavijo.
This is not the first time that lvaro stands out with an award as he has already received an award for his restaurant “El Chateau” which is ranked among the best internationally. based in BogotaEstablished in 2017 gaining significant recognition and ranked 21st Awarded “50 Best Restaurants in Latin America” in 2018 as the 7th Best Restaurant in Latin America in “50 Best” in 2019 and 2020.
He studied cooking at the Hoffmann School of Hospitality in Barcelona (Spain) and the Cordon Bleu in Paris. He was then at the Atelier restaurant by Jol Robuchon, and four years later, and passing through other restaurants in Europe, he moved to New York to work at Per Se by Chef Tomas Keller.His experience has been extensive, spending time in Colombia and interning in Denmark at the then-best restaurant in the world, Noma by Chef René Redzepi; Later, in 2012, before returning to the country for good, he returned to New York where he spent a season at Etera by chef Matthew Lightner.
His gastronomic approach relates to the experiences he has adapted to Colombian products during his life as well. To bring you totally amazing cuisine. “The goal is for diners to enjoy everyday ingredients prepared in unusual ways in very elaborate dishes, With a taste different from the traditional ones and at very affordable prices”, Alvaro insisted according to El Universal.