Peru’s gastronomy continues its vertiginous ascent. This week it, and its premier exponent Gastón Acurio garnered prestigious international acclaim.
The White Guide of Sweden announced famous Peruvian chef and culinary entrepreneur Gastón Acurio the winner of its 2013 Global Gastronomy Award. They invited Mr. Acurio to travel to Sweden to receive this prestigious award and to do a demonstration in the kitchen of famous chef Mathias Dahlgren.
In explaining this award, the Swedish guide claimed that cuisine is to Peru what football (soccer) is to Brazil and Argentina. While the hundreds of thousands of fans of Peruvian football might disagree, they cannot deny that Peru´s national government and its elites have dedicated considerable effort to marketing Peru’s gastronomy and expanding its infrastructure.
The White Guide claims that over 80,000 young Peruvians go into culinary training. This is a force that is already having an impact throughout Peru, Latin America in general, and elsewhere in the world. Sweden places the laurels for this on the head of Mr. Acurio and his years of efforts to promote fine Peruvian cooking and build recognition for its unique ingredients and culture of mixing.
In receiving this recognition, Mr Acurio joins a list of very renowned chefs, including Ferran Adriá (2001), Charlie Trotter (2008), Fergus Henderson (2009), René Redzepi (2012), Alain Passard (2011) and David Chang (2012).
The magazine notes that “London is suddenly awash with Peruvian restaurants”, as are most cities of magnitude in Europe and the United States. However it relates the food is better tasted in its home turf, amongst colonial architecture, surf and sierra.
Stylist particularly recommends people people visit Gastón Acurio’s famous restaurant in Lima, Astrid y Gastón, widely considered one of the best restaurants in the world, as well as Lima’s renowned Malabar restaurant.
When in Cuzco Stylist urges people to visit the MAP Café located in a glass box in the patio of an impressive colonial building that houses Cuzco’s Museum of Peruvian Art. Without doubt, MAP Café is one of finest places for good food in Cuzco.