Relais & Châteaux and S. Pellegrino present the 2024 Rising Chef Trophy– acknowledging the talent of a new generation of chefs–to Wilson Alpala, Chef of Zazu restaurant in the capital, Quito. This up-and-coming chef focuses on highlighting Ecuadorian flavors and presenting ingredients with an avant-garde style. He is a true leader for his entire team, and has managed to create an atmosphere of mutual support and warmth like no other. He is also something of an an ecological ambassador, committed to the protection of nature. At his restaurant and in its local community, he fervently defends sustainable farming and fishing.
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Restaurant in town. Wood, glass, sleek design: a simple but welcoming décor, in tune with the cheerful atmosphere of this restaurant, which concentrates first and foremost on the food on the plate and has built up a clientele of regular customers. Wilson Alpala, Ecuadorian Chef who joined Zazu after spending the first years of his career in France, serves contemporary cuisine with Latin American influences, mainly based on local ingredients. He works very closely with farmers, grows vegetables in the restaurant's greenhouses and selected his own team of reliable fishermen on the coast. The cellar, with its spectacular 25-foot high ceiling, is one of the finest in Ecuador. ... Learn moreless