Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Shanghai: Peruvian Voted Restaurant Personality of the Year

Eduardo Vargas
Photo: Maggie Lu, Shanghai Star

In the 4th That's Shanghai Readers' Food+Drink Awards, organized by That's Shanghai Magazine,
Eduardo Vargas, the Peruvian expat chef and restaurateur living in Shanghai, was voted Restaurant Personality of the Year. Here's what That's Shanghai has to say about Eduardo:

"Restaurant Personality of the Year: Eduardo Vargas

With his friendly personality, witty humor, interesting ideas, and a successful restaurant empire (including Azul, 239, City Diner and iiittt!) Vargas is a larger than life character, and a worthy winner of our first Restaurant Personality of the Year Award."

Cuisine by Eduardo Vargas.
Rodeo Magazine

Eduardo is a 33 year old Peruvian who has lived in China for the last four years. His Azul Tapas Lounge & Viva New World Cuisine is on the radar as worth a visit in Shanghai.

I love this quote from the Shanghai Star article:

"He said starting three restaurants in a totally strange city was like having your first baby - Everything is new."

According to the Shanghai Star, Vargas is the son of a Peruvian diplomat whose cuisine has been influenced by long stays in Japan and Singapore.

Not surprisingly, the Shanghai Star also details Vargas' educational history: two degrees, one in business and the other in food and beverage management.

Vargas hopes to open more restaurants in the Shanghai area.

Azul and Viva
18 Dongping Lu
Xuhui District, Shanghai
Phone: (021) 6433-1172

239 Restaurant & Bar
239 Shimen Yi Lu, near Wei Hai Lu
Phone: 6253-2837
Open: Daily, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday , 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The City Diner
146 Tongren Lu, near Nanjing Xi Lu
Metro: Line 2, Jing'an Temple
Open: Daily, 24 hours.
Phone: 6289-3699

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TAGS: Peru, Peruvian, food, cooking, cuisine, cocina, comida, gastronomía, peruana

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