The Man Who Put Peruvian Cuisine on the World Map

Posted on August 3, 2014 • Filed under: Culture, Peru reported Gastón Acurio, the super chef who put Peruvian cuisine on the world map
From culinary festivals to cookbooks, the Lima restaurateur has rebranded his nation’s food into a highly successful export.
In the kitchens and cafes of the food-crazed Peruvian capital, history is divided into two epochs: Before Gastón and After Gastón. The BG era was a time of darkness, confusion and ketchup. Then Gastón Acurio opened his first restaurant in 1994, and began remaking gritty Lima into the culinary capital of South America. Calling Acurio a celebrity chef today is like saying Oprah is a talkshow host. He is more of a modern food shaman: artist, interpreter, healer, impresario and national pitchman. A series of unpopular presidents has even left some Peruvians urging him to run for president. He shudders at the thought. Read Article

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