Editor´s Letter

The gastronomic identity of Guatemala is part of all of us Guatemalans, of who we are, the way we eat – almost from the moment we are born – even if it is not so obvious, even if it is so much a part of our daily life we don’t realize it. The taste of our country runs in our veins with every craving, with each yearning, with every food custom.

In Guatemala, thanks to our pluriculturality (and the influences that came after the conquest), our cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world. The particularities of each region of the country, coupled with the abundance and richness of our fields and crops, with ingredients, with names we often don’t know – even when we live relatively close to where they are grown – should be by themselves a tourist attraction.

Ideally, we should be able to offer the world the journey of a lifetime, one in which everyone who visits us can delight in the unique landscapes of each of our regions and then, after wonderful journeys, they could sit at the table to discover those particular flavors, aromas, textures and stories that describe our life.

We can’t separate our Guatemalan roots from who we are. Our manifest flavors in our intangible heritages, ingredients and culinary techniques must be recognized and rediscovered, respected: first by each one of us, so we can be delighted by our ancestral recipes and understand their value; and then, exposing them to the world as what they are, the delicious Identity of a culture.

In this edition of ¡Qué Gusto!, in addition to finding answers to what Guatemala needs to do so that its gastronomy occupies an important level of recognition in the world, we also recognize those places that transmit stories through the passion of their chefs and their dishes, being a key ingredient so we can put Guatemala on the map.

I invite you to visit each of these places and to experience the fine dining in Guatemala!

I invite you to visit each of these places and to experience the fine dining in Guatemala!