Carmen Angel’s guide to Medellín

(Fine Dining Lovers, June 2023)

While she was raised in southern California, Colombian heritage on her father Diego’s side eventually drew chef Carmen Angel to make Medellín, his birthplace, her base. Together, she and Diego opened Carmen along with chef Rob Pevitts in 2009; a second outpost followed in Cartagena de Indias.

Today, she leads the eponymous restaurant group whose stable includes XO, which ranked in the top 100 of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022, Don Diablo steakhouse, Sushi Bar and BioLab. Carmen also runs Corazones y Fogones, her foundation that helps preserve the culinary traditions of female cooks whose traditional dishes form part of Colombia’s cultural heritage.

Here, the self-confessed uni and cocktail aficionada shares her favourite spots to eat at in the city of eternal spring, which she calls home.

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