An expedition that showcases Brazilian gastronomy to international chefs and media, where they experience local ingredients and cultures in their diversity through the contact with nature and the Brazilian hospitality.


FOGGO International Expedition is a culinary expedition organised by grand Gaúcho chef Marcos Livi to showcase local food products and practices. The event takes place in Brazil for the first time January 18-26, bringing together prominent names from the world’s culinary scene.

The diverse group of gastro explorers come from all corners of the world:

United States, Russia, Turkey, Georgia, Italy, Denmark and Brazil, and spend 10 days being immersed in local culture and food products, traveling from the Serra Gaúcha to the Paulista Coast, and culminating in a great farewell party at the Pinheiros Municipal Market, with part of profits donated to Migraflix, the NGO that promotes the integration of refugees and immigrants.

International chefs are:

Mads Refslund, original Noma and Nordic Cuisine co-founder, based in New York City. Rebel queen of Georgian Cuisine, Tekuna Gachechiladz, from Tbilisi. Maksut Askar, prince of Turkish street food, of Neolokal in Istanbul. Florentine-originated Francesco Gasbarro of La Bottega in Geneva, and finally Igor Grishechkin, the Saint Petersburg-raconteur who tells grand tales of Russia’s history though his dishes.

From upper left corner: Igor Grishechkin, Francesco Gasbarro, Tekuna Gachechiladz, Mads Refslund, Maksut Askar, Marcos Livi (organiser and host), Roberta Sudbrack, Paolo Lavezzini, Jimmy Ogro and Lucas Corazza.


First stop is Campos de Cima da Serra in the Gaúcha Mountains, next to the city of Porto Alegre. On January 18th and 19th the base will be Parador Hampel, a centenary Inn that just completed 120 years.

The visit will be devoted to learn all about local culture, stimulating the chefs to explore products and techniques, collaborating and sharing their knowledge, and also be presented with a great challenge; open air cooking without the aid of their usual well-equipped kitchens, but only with access to a separate station of local ingredients of their choice, and with this prepare a meal using just FIRE.

Around 300 guests will experience this unique opportunity to gather around the fire in a rustic and magical setting, and observe raw technique and passion for open air grilling – roasting without gas or electricity. Just nature and people, and the incredible background that Rio Grande do Sul has to offer.

After, Brazilan chef Eudes Assis hosts the group of chefs for a day at the beach, highlighted by a special fishing expedition in Boiçucanga, north of São Paulo.

Back in São Paulo, chefs spends their last days visiting producers and restaurants added attending FRU.TO – Alex Atala’s brainchild that promotes engagement through the discussion of present food issues and challenges, while trying to come up with ideas and solutions that could be implemented in the near future.

Additionally the chefs will also take part on a special 12-hands dinner in the recently inaugurated BRIQUE Restaurant by chef Marcos Livi, Chefs Tekuna Gachechiladze (Georgia), Maksut Askar (Turkey) and Igor Grisheckin (Saint Petersburg) will join Manu Buffara (Brazil) and Jimmy Ogro.

The expedition comes to an end in great style with a special party at the Pinheiros Market, where Chef Marcos Livi commands the Bioma Pampa Box, that sells products from the South Region of Brazil, as well as Napoli Centrale Pizzaria and C6 Hamburgers. This last night will be all about food, culture, knowledge, dancing on tables and fun.

Manu Buffara.



What: FOGGO International Expedition 

Who: Igor Grishechkin, Francesco Gasbarro, Tekuna Gachechiladz, Mads Refslund, Maksut Askar, Marcos Livi (organiser and host), Manu Buffara, Roberta Sudbrack, Paolo Lavezzini, Jimmy Ogro and Lucas Corazza.

When: January 18-26th 2020.

Where: North of, South of and in the heart of São Paulo.

Institutional support: ATA.

Support: Four Seasons, Guimarães Dias Advogados and Turkish Airlines (through the Flying Chefs program).

For more information please contact Fernanda Fonseca
mob: + 55 11 99974.0219 –


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