Peru’s Food Revolution

With a swag of global restaurant awards and praise by leading chefs and travel guides, Peru is fast becoming one of the world's top foodie destinations, with Lima as its gastronomic capital.

All over the world people are hearing about Peruvian food and more and more visitors are travelling to the destination to experience it for themselves.

Why is this all happening? Many say that it is Peru's most famous chef Gaston Acurio leading the charge. His flagship restaurant in Lima, 'Astrid & Gaston' was named one of the World's 50 Best Restaurants by Restaurant Magazine for the second consecutive year and he has recently started taking his message about Peruvian cuisine global. He has opened restaurants across South America and more recently in New York and San Francisco.

Other top chefs opening restaurants around the world include:

Virgilio Martinez

From Lima’s Central, Martinez is about to open London's first Peruvian fine-dining restaurant called Lima, and is in charge of Senzo, Orient Express' Palacio Las Nazarenas new property in Cusco.

Jaime Pesaque

The chef of Mayta also opened Nuna in Punta del Este, Uruguay and designed the menu of the new restaurant Raymi in Manhattan.

Pedro Miguel Schiaffino

From Lima's Malabar, Amaz, Schiaffino is known for promoting Amazonian products to the world by creating unique menus such as the one served on the MV Aqua riverboat.

Rafael Piqueras

Piqueras is the first Peruvian chef to go to Madrid Fusion, and head Chef of Maras at the Westin Lima Hotel.

Alejandro Saravia

Saravia recently opened Sydney's Morena, after spending his first few years in Australia working at Pier Restaurant, Salon Blanc, Opera Bar and Sails Restaurant at Lavender.

Later this year leading Australian chefs, Peter Gilmore and Dan Hunter will be visiting Peru to participate in the annual gourmet show Mistura. This annual event brings together key players of national and international cuisine to promote and celebrate Peru's unique and booming gastronomy.

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