Director of Culinary Arts at UDLA Ecuador Recognized with International Award


Director of Culinary Arts at UDLA Ecuador Recognized with International Award

"The Taste of Ecuador," was selected from a group of 110 publications as the third best cookbook in the world’s most prestigious cookbook contest, the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The book is the realization of research carried out by Carlos Gallardo, director of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Universidad de Las Américas Ecuador (UDLA Ecuador). First place was awarded to a publication from France and second place to South Africa.

"This book is a path through all the culinary traditions of Ecuador," said Chef Gallardo. "It is a history of shrimp, chocolate, coffee, among many other things that make Ecuadorean cuisine unique. The recipes have been perfected by young talents in the field. I think it is an important book for our field in Ecuador."

The book was the result of over three years of hard work and leverages more than 10 years of expertise from UDLA’s culinary research center. With more than 500 pages, the book includes recipes like tuna with passion fruit sauce, meat with chocolate sauce, pork in mortiño sauce, among many others, representing the best in contemporary Ecuadorean cuisine.

Gallardo was the book’s primary writer, but was supported by a group of 15 researchers. "This is a book, a portfolio, which highlights the new talent from Ecuador," he said. Upon receiving the news, Gallardo said he was deeply moved by the honor. "It’s the first time that Ecuador has received a global recognition of this type from one of the best cookbooks in the world, and is obviously a great opportunity for our young Ecuadorean chefs to become better known around the world."

UDLA Ecuador printed 5,000 copies of the book, which have been donated to members of the community.

This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.