Date and time
Wednesday 14 December 2022
LocationASAI Chinatown 531 Charoen Krung Road, Khwaeng Pom Prap, Pom Prap Sattru Phai Bangkok, Thailand 10100 →
Welcome to CASA LATINA. Las Cocina Del Pacifico De Mexico Y Peru: A culinary journey of the Pacific Coast via Mexico and Peru
Join us and take part in a unique journey with special guest Chefs Daniel and Tamara Chavez of Singapore’s Canchita restaurant who are teaming up with Bangkok-based food writer and fellow Mexicana, Megan Leon, for a 10-course tasting menu reflecting the bold flavours, unique similarities and love of seafood from these two beautiful countries. Peru and Mexico are two of the most ancient cuisines in Latin America and while they use many of the same ingredients and share the same coastline, both express the biodiversity of their rich cultures in distinct ways, further proving why they are the top culinary capitals in the world.
The perfect pair to any foodie experience, we have Alchemy Spirits shaking cocktails all night long, Wine Garage joins us with a special South American wine selection with the Asoke Latino Band performing all the classics.
To complete the experience, we are throwing the ultimate after-party fiesta with Dj SEBA behind the decks setting the mode with nothing but Latino favourites and party beats. Plus, we got complimentary late-night tacos to celebrate and dance the night away together.
~ About The Chefs ~
~ Chef Tamara Chavez – Head of Culinary at CANCHITA Peruvian Cuisine
With 14 years of international experience under her belt, Mexican-born Tamara Chavez is arguably one of the most credible advocates of Latin American gastronomy in Singapore and Asia. Tamara holds a master’s degree in gastronomy from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Turismo in Mexico City. Having trained in Peru at the prestigious “El Mercado” under award winning Chef Rafael Osterling, whose eponymous restaurant was ranked #19 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022, Tamara marries her knowledge of Peru’s immense culinary heritage with the diverse and vibrant flavours of all Latin America. Tamara first moved to Asia in 2014 as part of the opening team of the first Mexican fine dining restaurant to open in Singapore, “El Mero Mero”. Thereafter, she took on the position of Head Chef at TONO Cevicheria, the first Peruvian cevicheria in Asia, and subsequently helmed the kitchen of OLA Cocina Del Mar, a modern Spanish restaurant that was awarded a Michelin Plate for three consecutive years since 2017.
Fuelled by her passion to promote Latin American gastronomy and culture in her adopted home, Tamara helped launch LATINADA in 2018, Singapore’s first Latin American Food Festival. Tamara has been a finalist for the Female Chef Of The Year award by the World Gourmet Summit in 2020, 2021 and 2022. She has also been awarded Mentor Chef of the Year by At Sunrice Cooking Academy in 2022 for her continuous job supporting new local culinary talents in Singapore as the Head of Culinary at CANCHITA Peruvian Cuisine.
~ Chef Daniel Chavez – Founder of CANCHITA Peruvian Cuisine
For over 20 years, Peruvian Chef Daniel Chavez’s career has taken him to some of the finest F&B establishments in the world. Daniel enrolled in the Florida Culinary Institute and applied for a scholarship for a master’s programme in culinary arts in Valencia, Spain after graduation. There, he apprenticed at the one Michelin-starred “La Sucursal” and was exposed to fine dining techniques and Mediterranean culture. His desire to widen his repertoire led him to traverse across continents; from Barcelona where he joined “El Raco de Can Fabes”, a three Michelin-starred restaurant by the culinary icon Santi Santamaria, to Singapore where he learned classic French cooking techniques from Chef Gunther Hubrechsen in “Les Amis”. He then reunited with Chef Santamaria as the Chef de Cuisine of “Ossiano” at Atlantis The Palm Hotel in Dubai, and later as Executive Chef of Santi at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. Daniel went on to open OLA Cocina Del Mar, a Spanish restaurant and the first of his personal projects in 2012. In 2017 Daniel launched “TONO Cevicheria”, the first Peruvian Cevicheria in Asia, and “TONITO Latin American Kitchen” in 2018, the first Latin American family concept in Singapore. He also founded “LATINADA”, Singapore’s first Latin American Food Festival, in 2018.
In 2021 Daniel founded CANCHITA Peruvian Cuisine and in less than a year since its inception, it has become a culinary destination and reference in the eclectic dining scene of Singapore, gaining a well-earned reputation between foodies and chefs from the region. Daniel was awarded the “Global Chef Award” in 2017 by At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy for his work in inspiring young chefs, as well as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018 by Peruvian University San Ignacio de Loyola, a distinction conferred to him by the former president of Peru, Mr Raul Diez Canseco.
~ Megan Leon
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Megan, is an ex-cook turned food writer who has been living in bangkok for 9 years. After studying Thai cuisine in culinary school, she worked in various kitchens across Bangkok before settling as a freelance food and culture writer where you can find her work in BK magazine, Travel + Leisure and Lonely Planet. Apart from writing, you can find her cooking on the daily, most notably, Mexican dishes from Culiacan, Sinaloa where her family is from.