Helena Rizzo: world´s best
The roots of cooking A traditional ingredient in Brazilian cooking, manioc arrived at the Mount Olympus of global gastronomy via the hands of Brazil´s Helena Rizzo, voted the ‹world´s best female chef´ at an awards ceremony sponsored by the famous champagne maison Veuve Clicquot. Manioc is an important element in the restaurant menu of Mani, run by Helena in São Paulo alongside her husband and chef, Daniel Redondo. There, the simple root so common in Brazil is accompanied by tucupi froth, coconut milk and olive oil with white truffles. The award adds to others won in recent years by the young gaucha chef now living in São Paulo. Last year, Mani appeared in 46th place in the list of the world´s top 50 restaurants of the UK magazine Restaurant, and Helena had already been chosen the best female chef in Latin America.
Game for the big boys
AciGames (Brazilian Electronic Games Association) has upped the ante in the international strengthening of the Brazilian electronic games industry: after opening offices in the US and Italy last year, the entity plans to enter Spain and Tunisia this year. These countries were selected for specific reasons, explains Moacyr Alves, president of AciGames: the US can generate large business volumes, while Spain has a dynamic games market, and in Tunisia there are good and cheap developers. Italy has excellent “locators” — professionals responsible for adapting games to the markets in which they will be consumed. “We also want to be in China” adds Alves, with an eye on the giant Chinese market. “But finding a partner is proving a tough task”. The Brazilian games industry is worth US$2mn a year, estimates the president of AciGames, which today has around 150 associate members.
PIB Edition 25 March/April 2014