The trophy was handed last Monday (Feb. 18th) in Paris. Mocotó won first place in the “no reservations” category in the world

Rafaela Polo

Brazilian cuisine is shining around the world – more specifically in France. After restaurant Oka, in Paris, led by Brazilian chef Raphael Rego, won a Michelin star, and Luiz Filipe Souza, chef at Evvai, reached the final of the Bocuse d’Or,, it was chef Rodrigo Oliveira’s turn to be recognized for his work at Mocotó.

Specialized in what self-named  “Northeastern country food”, Mocotó, located in the Vila Medeiros neighborhood, in São Paulo, won a trophy as the best restaurant in the world in the “No Reservations Required” category in the World Restaurant Awards 2019. Fellow countryman and chef Alex Atala handed him the award and called Rodrigo to the stage. “I am very proud, happy and thrilled to announce that the winner is Mocotó”, said Atala at the ceremony.

In his social networks, Rodrigo celebrated the victory. In the restaurant’s profile on Instagram, he explained a little more about the recognition. “We won the @worldrestawards award in the “No Reservation Required” category, for places where you can go without a reservation. We are grateful to The World Restaurant Awards and to our entire team”, he wrote in Mocotó’s official profile.

The World Restaurant Awards aims to reward and recognize restaurants around the world. “The award is conducted with complete integrity and makes everyone think of the range of the best restaurants in the world – new and old, from luxurious places to humble institutions – and what makes them so special”, says Joe Warnick, creator of the award, on its official website.

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