Peruvian Cuisine Keeps Gaining Traction

Rest. CENTRAL - Cheff Virgilio Martinez

The prestigious San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards - viewed as the Oscars of fine dining – were held once again London´s Guildhall on April 29th, and we are delighted to announce that two Peruvian restaurants made the top 20: Central and Astrid & Gaston in positions 15 and 18 respectively.

To dine at Central, which changes its menu six times a year, is to taste-test much of Peru. From the jungle of the Amazon comes the white-fleshed fish known as arapaima and from the mountains in the Andes comes everything from butter to chuno, a popular frozen dehydrated potato. However, chef Virgilio Martinez isn’t shy about using things he’s fallen in love with on his travel; hence the splash of Spanish olive oil here and the whiff of kaffir lime there or the Tagliatelle draped with rabbit ragu. (The Washington Post)

Gaston Acurio may be Peru’s most famous chef – indeed, one of its best-known celebrities of any sort – but neither he nor his restaurant is resting on their laurels. Earlier this year Astrid & Gaston, Acurio’s 20-year-old Miraflores flagship, relocated to a Casa Moreyra, a historic hacienda in the San Isidro district of Lima. Here, Acurio and his influential head chef Diego Muñoz oversee tasting menus of immense scope and ambition. The current version, Viru, takes diners on a lengthy, informative and delicious journey through the five different landscapes of Peru: The Pacific Ocean, The Desert, The Andes, The Altiplano (High Plain) and The Amazon. (The World´s 50 Best Restaurants