The contest consecrated Natalí Suárez as the winneran asadora who traveled from the central province of San Luis and who declared herself “happy” to obtain first place among 24 competitors.
Amid the display of food stalls open to the public and on a sunny day in the middle of the southern winter, thousands of people came to a “smoky” 9 de Julio avenue to celebrate a tradition that Argentina shares with the other countries of the Cone South: grilling meat.
For Argentines, asado is food number one, the national food
“For Argentines, asado is food number one, the national food,” Carlos López, director of the Escuela Argentina de Parrilleros and one of the contest’s juries, told AFP.
López highlighted “the barbecue culture” in Argentina, which is also shared by “Uruguay, Chile, Mexico, (or) Brazil.”
The jurors evaluated three parameters in the preparation of various cuts of meat, López explained: “Presentation of the dish, point and flavor“.
In that conjunction, Suárez was the winner.
In Argentina when we share a barbecue it is between the whole family
“The barbecues generate joy in people. People are happy. (…) Asado means being with the family. In Argentina when we share a barbecue it is between the whole family. The barbecue means unity,” Vanessa Sánchez summed up AFP. a 39-year-old bakery student who attended the event.