Top Chilean Chef Cooks Around Chicago

March 24, 2011
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The Corporate Chef at the Culinary Institute in Santiago, Chile, Chef Juan Pablo Mellado, and the Academic Director of this School, Cristobal Hahn, visited Chicago between March 16-20 in order to promote our Chilean culinary identity while starting international agreements with Culinary Institutions in different meetings and Cooking Classes scheduled by ProChile.

The trip included meetings with The French Pastry School and Chilean Cooking Seminars at important institutions, such as Kendall College and Le Cordon Bleu Chicago. Classic recipes like "chacarero sandwich", "arrollado huaso" (pork roll), Palta Reina (stuffed avocado) paired with great Chilean Wines from Casa Silva Winery where shown in these demonstrations that impressed chefs and culinary students.

In Chef Mellado's words: "...it is amazing to see the reaction of the audience and their great interest in finding out more about Chilean Cuisine, they really want to know what we cook at home in our country and everyone was gladly impressed with the quality of our wines, olive oils, and Chilean spices as merken..."

Chef Mellado was also invited to New York to launch Lisa’s Abend book “The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria's elBulli”. A book that weaves the history of elBulli and Adria’s own story with the threads of the 35 stagiaires who apprenticed there from June to December 2009. Among themselves, this Chilean chef, that was chosen over 3000 postulants for this internship, was the best restaurant of the world for many years.