A Peruvian restaurant in London won a Michelin Star, the first time a Peruvian establishments has been so awarded. While announcing the upcoming publication of its influential Guide to Great Britain and Ireland Michelin gave a star to Lima, a Peruvian restaurant in Fitzrovia London.
Te receipt of a Michelin Star is considered a great honor and many fine chefs and restauranteurs dedicate great attention and effort towards satisfying the exacting requirements of Michelin.
Lima opened a year ago, the work of Venezuelan businessmen Gabriel and José Luís Gonzalez and celebrated Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez whose Central Restaurante in Peru’s capital city is considered one of the finest in the world. The head chef in London is Robert Ortiz from the Amazonian region of Peru, a chef who has extensive experience in London’s finest restaurants.
LIMA is a representation of the gastronomic expansion that has taken place in Peru during the last few years, with the idea of showcasing Lima to London, as the gastronomic capital of the Americas.
Sustainability is integral for us. While sourcing the majority of our ingredients from the British Isles, we will also showcase Peru’s vast biodiversity by bringing some unique organic and wild produce from small growers based in Peru, specifically from the Andes and the Amazon.
LIMA is the creation of world-renowned Peruvian chef, Virgilio Martinez and his partners, the Gonzalez brothers. Robert Ortiz, Virgilio’s longtime friend, runs the kitchen. [. . .]
LIMA [is] vibrant, relevant and always at the forefront of innovation, showcasing Virgilio’s most recent creations.
In response to news of the awartded star, Gabriel Gonzalez said “It’s just incredible, it definitely sets a precedent for Peruvian food and gives it a stamp of credibility and a lot of promise, it’s just amazing.”