Rafa and Alvaro have received the most prestigious awards of regional and international cuisine.
Lasai was awarded a Michelin star in 2015 and is currently entry number 74 of the world's best restaurants. El Chato was ranked numer 21 in the last edition of “Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants”, becoming the "Best New Entry" of this award.
American Express invites you to taste the best Brazilian-Colombian cuisine, finding perfection in every bite, as only Costa Silva and Clavijo can achieve in each of their creations.
Place: Rio de Janeiro
Address: Rua Conde de Irajá, 191 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro
Time: 8:00 PM
Tasting menu (with or without wine pairing): R$ 520.00
Rafa Costa e Silva is chef and owner of Lasai restaurant (1 Michelin star). His cooking focuses on using locally sourced ingredients from Rio de Janeiro. While working closely with many local producers and fishermen, he creates his menus based on season produce and locally caught fish.
After living in the Basque Country and New York for almost ten years, Rafa decided it was time to move back home to open his own restaurant. During Lasai's first two years of life, both Rafa and the restaurant received many accolades. In 2019 it entered the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 51-100 as entry number 74. Also, in 2015 it received one Michelin Star, which it retained during the restaurant's second year.
When Rafa is not at his restaurant, he likes spending time with his dog Benito, a lovely Basset Hound. Rafa is also a Carioca and a die-hard Flamenguista.
Alvaro Clavijo runs his restaurant called El Chato in Bogota (Nº 21 Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants). He has an exceptional culinary training. He studied in Hoffman School of Hospitality in Barcelona and later, while working as a dishwasher in a Latin American restaurant in Paris, he studied in Le Cordon Bleu. After that, he worked at Joël Robuchon's restaurant, L¹Hotel Bristol, under the leadership of Eric Frechon (MOF) and at Sylvain Sendra's restaurant, Itinéraires.
Four years later, Alvaro went to New York, where he worked at Thomas Keller's restaurant, Per Se. Later, he returned to Europe to work at Noma, in the city of Copenhagen, under Rene Redzepi's leadership. En 2012, before returning to his country, he was given the opportunity to work at Matthew Lightner's restaurant, Atera, in the city of New York.
Back in Bogota, he created the menu for Gaspar restaurant and currently runs his own project at El Chato.