With 14 years of international experience under her belt, Mexican-born Tamara Chavez is arguably one of the most credible advocates of Latin American gastronomy in Singapore and Asia.
Having trained in Peru at the prestigious “El Mercado” under award winning Chef Rafael Osterling, whose eponymous restaurant was ranked #19 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022, Tamara marries her knowledge of Peru’s immense culinary heritage with the diverse and vibrant flavours of all Latin America.
Tamara first moved to Asia in 2014 as part of the opening team of the first Mexican fine dining restaurant to open in Singapore, “El Mero Mero”.
Thereafter, she took on the position of Head Chef at TONO Cevicheria, the first Peruvian cevicheria in Asia, and subsequently helmed the kitchen of OLA Cocina Del Mar, a modern Spanish restaurant that was awarded a Michelin Plate for three consecutive years since 2017.
Fuelled by her passion to promote Latin American gastronomy and culture in her adopted home, Tamara helped launch LATINADA in 2018, Singapore’s first Latin American Food Festival.
Tamara has been finalist for the Female Chef Of The Year award by the World Gourmet Summit in 2020, 2021 and 2022. She has also been awarded Mentor Chef of the Year by At Sunrice Cooking Academy in 2022 for her continuous job supporting new local culinary talents in Singapore.
As part of her role as a promoter of Peruvian and Mexican cuisine in Asia, Tamara has travelled to a number of food capitals in Asia like Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Seychelles, Bali and Seoul with the aim to expand the knowledge of this cuisines in the region.
In Singapore, she has appeared in several TV shows like “In search of heat” and “Makan Migrants” from Channel News Asia while doing several collaborations with Prom Peru’s campaign of Super Foods.
Tamara holds a master’s degree in gastronomy from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Turismo in Mexico City.
In her spare time, she loves to salsa dance and visit different restaurants and bars in the world.