Virgilio Martinez

Beyond his restaurants, the work of Virgilio Martínez is related to a way of understanding and living gastronomy in which innovation, research and development are linked to ecosystems and ancestral knowledge as a common theme. Together with his sister Malena in Mater Iniciativa, the chef of the renowned Central restaurant leads an interdisciplinary team that is building a documentation, exchange and experimentation platform with which it also promotes a particular vision of issues such as biodiversity (both environmental and social). With MIL, a new restaurant at an altitude of over 3,500 metres facing the Inca ruins of Moray, he consolidates an inspiring model of non-invasive interaction with the ecosystem and local communities, promoting sustainable agricultural practices, knowledge exchange and multicultural dialogues. In addition, Virgilio is committed to strengthening ties among Latin American countries, promoting opportunities for the new talent to meet.