Lionfish Consumption

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In light of the fact that lionfish are dangerous predators that threaten marine ecosystems, Jorge Rausch decided to find a way to promote ethical fishing by incorporating them into his menus. With the help of strategic allies in the form of the Fundación Palmarito, Parques Nacionales (National Parks), Geometry and the Ministry of the Environment, Jorge Rausch taught fisherman about how to hunt and treat the species, promoted regulation of its sale and purchase and designed mouth-watering recipes that were published in his cookbook entitled Pez León (‘Lionfish’) and served in his restaurants such as the lionfish ceviche which is one of Criterión’s signature dishes.

Awards:

  • Two Golden Lions (Lions d’Or) at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (2014 & 2015).

Peace Products

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Jorge Rausch joined forces with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Fundación Palmarito and Geometry to promote the consumption and distribution of beans from Montes de María, grown by victims of the country’s armed conflict who have recently been able to return to their land as part of Colombia’s peace process. These beans have qualities exclusive to the region, which has led Jorge to call for them to be awarded a denomination of origin.

Awards:

  • Four Gold Medals at El Dorado Awards (2019): Peacebuilding, Sustainable Development, Design and “Grand Prix For Good”.

School Meals

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In 2018, Bogotá’s Education Secretary invited Jorge Rausch to design 20 new recipes as part of the country’s School Food Program (known as PAE). These recipes are still part of the official school lunch menu, and have fed over 10,500 students in the district who are able to enjoy nutritionally-balanced dishes, which also taste delicious.

Fundación Interna

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Johana Bahamon first invited Mark to work with Fundación Interna in October 2018, and since then, he has gone on to lead fortnightly baking workshops for inmates at Bogotá’s Buen Pastor women’s prison. This is just one of Fundación Acción Interna’s projects, which seek to improve the quality of life and provide inmates with a real ‘second chance’ through their work with thirty different prisons across the country.

Denominations of Origin

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In 2019, Mark was guest of honor at the ceremony to award Black Crabs from the island of Providencia a denomination of origin.  He has since gone on to serve as an official ambassador for the Superintendence of Commerce and Industry for the 29 products in Colombia that currently hold denominations of origin, a role where he promotes the importance of their protection, control and positioning as part of the country’s national heritage.

A World of Hope - A Dessert to Honor the Amazon Region

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Mark Rausch has created Criterión’s new signature dessert – Amazon: World of Hope (in Spanish Amazonas: Mundo de Esperanza, or AME for short). Served on a traditional Chamba ceramic dish (Chamba ceramics from the Tolima region have a denomination of origin), Mark uses a combination of traditional Amazon fruits, cheesecake, syrups made from reductions of local chuchuguaza liqueur, Caquetá cheese biscuits and cocoa to present to distinct representations of the region: one verdant and unspoiled, the other showcasing the impact of its destruction.

The dessert seeks to not only celebrate the gastronomic riches and flavors of the Amazon, but also to show its bleak future if we continue to destroy it. The message: care for, protect and love the ‘Earth’s lungs’!

10% from each sale of AME is donated to Fundación Aba Jeva, a non-profit organization that plants trees and carries out other reforestation activities in different regions throughout Colombia.

Caquetá Cheese

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The livestock industry is one of the primary causes of deforestation in Colombia, which prompted Mark Rausch to sign the Anti-Deforestation Pact in Caquetá in 2015 with a view to protecting the Amazon Basin.

From then on, he started to include Caquetá Cheese in his recipes – a product which has a denomination of origin and is produced in 17 natural reserves in the area, where small producers are united with a shared mission to preserve the department’s ecosystems.

 

Lionfish Consumption

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In light of the fact that lionfish are dangerous predators that threaten marine ecosystems, Jorge Rausch decided to find a way to promote ethical fishing by incorporating them into his menus. With the help of strategic allies in the form of the Fundación Palmarito, Parques Nacionales (National Parks), Geometry and the Ministry of the Environment, Jorge Rausch taught fisherman about how to hunt and treat the species, promoted regulation of its sale and purchase and designed mouth-watering recipes that were published in his cookbook entitled Pez León (‘Lionfish’) and served in his restaurants such as the lionfish ceviche which is one of Criterión’s signature dishes.

Awards:

  • Two Golden Lions (Lions d’Or) at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (2014 & 2015).

Peace Products

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Jorge Rausch joined forces with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Fundación Palmarito and Geometry to promote the consumption and distribution of beans from Montes de María, grown by victims of the country’s armed conflict who have recently been able to return to their land as part of Colombia’s peace process. These beans have qualities exclusive to the region, which has led Jorge to call for them to be awarded a denomination of origin.

Awards:

  • Four Gold Medals at El Dorado Awards (2019): Peacebuilding, Sustainable Development, Design and “Grand Prix For Good”.

School Meals

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In 2018, Bogotá’s Education Secretary invited Jorge Rausch to design 20 new recipes as part of the country’s School Food Program (known as PAE). These recipes are still part of the official school lunch menu, and have fed over 10,500 students in the district who are able to enjoy nutritionally-balanced dishes, which also taste delicious.

Fundación Interna

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Johana Bahamon first invited Mark to work with Fundación Interna in October 2018, and since then, he has gone on to lead fortnightly baking workshops for inmates at Bogotá’s Buen Pastor women’s prison. This is just one of Fundación Acción Interna’s projects, which seek to improve the quality of life and provide inmates with a real ‘second chance’ through their work with thirty different prisons across the country.

Denominations of Origin

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In 2019, Mark was guest of honor at the ceremony to award Black Crabs from the island of Providencia a denomination of origin.  He has since gone on to serve as an official ambassador for the Superintendence of Commerce and Industry for the 29 products in Colombia that currently hold denominations of origin, a role where he promotes the importance of their protection, control and positioning as part of the country’s national heritage.

A World of Hope - A Dessert to Honor the Amazon Region

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Mark Rausch has created Criterión’s new signature dessert – Amazon: World of Hope (in Spanish Amazonas: Mundo de Esperanza, or AME for short). Served on a traditional Chamba ceramic dish (Chamba ceramics from the Tolima region have a denomination of origin), Mark uses a combination of traditional Amazon fruits, cheesecake, syrups made from reductions of local chuchuguaza liqueur, Caquetá cheese biscuits and cocoa to present to distinct representations of the region: one verdant and unspoiled, the other showcasing the impact of its destruction.

The dessert seeks to not only celebrate the gastronomic riches and flavors of the Amazon, but also to show its bleak future if we continue to destroy it. The message: care for, protect and love the ‘Earth’s lungs’!

10% from each sale of AME is donated to Fundación Aba Jeva, a non-profit organization that plants trees and carries out other reforestation activities in different regions throughout Colombia.

Caquetá Cheese

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The livestock industry is one of the primary causes of deforestation in Colombia, which prompted Mark Rausch to sign the Anti-Deforestation Pact in Caquetá in 2015 with a view to protecting the Amazon Basin.

From then on, he started to include Caquetá Cheese in his recipes – a product which has a denomination of origin and is produced in 17 natural reserves in the area, where small producers are united with a shared mission to preserve the department’s ecosystems.