Clandestino Restaurant (Sao Paulo, Brasil)

Chef of El Clandestino and presenter of Receta de Viaje (TLC Discovery), Bel discovered her vocation early. From a very gourmet family, her memory holds a strong connection with cuisine and flavour. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), she worked with great chefs in some of the most important restaurants in the world, such as El Celler de Can Roca and Alex Atala’s DOM, acquiring experience and a repertoire rich in classic and avant-garde techniques. As presenter of the television programme, she has travelled to more than 35 Brazilian cities, furthering her research and exploring authentic Brazilian cuisine and all its recipes, characters, customs and stories from a different viewpoint. In her restaurant, open only one week a month, Bel serves tasting menus created from her research on local products and Brazilian culture.

The chef has completed an important study on the Orixás, the gods of Candomblé, an Afro-descendant religion that greatly influenced and enriched Brazilian gastronomy, especially that of Bahia. She has also completed a project on the Brazilian biomes (Amazon, Atlantic Forest, Caatinga, Pantanal, Pampas and Cerrado) and their products.

Today, Bel plays an important role in the fight for making quality, healthy food available to all Brazilians. She has fought against the country’s excessive use of toxic agro-chemicals and supported peasants and traditional indigenous and quilombola peoples.