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(CNN) — Latin America's best restaurant is still in Peru, after Lima's Central took the top spot at Wednesday night's Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants awards for the second consecutive year.
In fact, Peru continues to flex its culinary muscles on the continent after snatching three of the top five places: Astrid & Gastón ranked third while Maido, a Nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese fusion) restaurant, ranked fifth.
Taking first place in Latin America was an additional feather in the cap for Central's husband-and-wife team of Virgilio Martínez and Pía Leon, whose elaborate tasting menu draws from ingredients sourced from Peru's varying altitudes.
Central ranks fourth on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list, announced in June this year.
"I'm very thankful to Mexico -- everyone has been celebrating for us and a lot of love and pride has been directed towards Latin America," said Martínez while accepting the award.
"Winning is a responsibility, but we're well aware of what that means."
Other big wins of the night went to host nation Mexico as well as Argentina, both picking up 10 places a piece.
However iLatina, a Colombian-Caribbean restaurant in Buenos Aires, took home the One To Watch award, taking Argentina's overall haul to 11.
Brazilian named Latin America's best female chef
Hosted at the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City, the top 10 awards were given to restaurants in Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.
Santiago's Boragó, a close contender for the top spot, came second; chef Rodolfo Guzmán also took home the "chefs' chef" accolade.
Sao Paulo's D.O.M. led by Alex Atala, who picked up 2014's lifetime achievement award, came fourth.
Mexico City's Quintonil was awarded sixth spot and Buenos Aires' Tegui seventh, edging up two notches on 2014.
While Pujol was Mexico's top-ranking restaurant in 2014, it was all change this year following Quintonil's higher placement.
Regardless, Pujol's chef Enrique Olvera was compensated with 2015's lifetime achievement award, much to the joy of a mainly Mexican audience.
Other surprises included a huge drop from 16th to 48th for Tarquino, a Buenos Aires establishment renowned for its "Cow Sequence" beef tasting menu, while Uruguay's seafood-focused La Huella rose from 17th in 2014 to 11th this year.
Meanwhile, Brazil's chef Roberta Sudbrack of her eponymous Rio de Janeiro establishment was crowned Latin America's best female chef, while her restaurant was given 14th place.
As for new entries on the list, Argentina managed to slip in a second Buenos Aires steak house, Don Julio, at 48 (La Cabrera snuck back up into the top 20 to rank 19th), while Lima's beef-focused Osso Carnicería & Salumeria came in at 34.
Rio de Janeiro's Lasai was the highest new entry, coming in at 16th.
Latin America's 50 best restaurants
7. Tegui (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 8. Maní (Sao Paulo, Brazil) 11. Parador La Huella (Jose Ignacio, Uruguay) 13. Pangea (Monterrey, Mexico) 16. Lasai (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) 17. Gustu (La Paz, Bolivia) 21. Chila (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 23. Olympe (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) 25. Osaka (Santiago, Chile) 26. Epice (São Paulo, Brazil) 29. Alto (Caracas, Venezuela) 35. Mocoto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) 37. Elena (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 39. Oviedo (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 43. Resto (Buenos Aires, Argentina)