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Peruvian gastronomy, best food in Latin America.

Peruvian cuisine is changing the life of the country. Peruvian cuisine is a cultural expression that has helped to strengthen the identity of Peru.

What makes Peruvian food so special?

Central has been crowned for the third consecutive year as the best restaurant in Latin America by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Two more restaurants in Lima round out the top 10 list. Maido and Astrid and Gastón, in 2nd and 7th place respectively.

Ferran Adrià, one of the best and most innovative chefs in recent times explained:

I know the Peruvian cuisine has a lot of tradition and a great variety of products that would surprise me. What is traditional for Peruvians may be modern for us; the combination of sweet, salty and sour tastes is also something different. This makes it a very personal cuisine, with lots of tradition but which is also open to change. I believe that Peruvian cuisine will offer a lot to talk about.

Where it comes from and what is peruvian food?

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Peruvian cuisine dates back to the Incas of Peru. Peru’s cuisine has always been varied. Already at the time of the Incas variety of animals they were eaten, as the llama, guanaco or guinea pig, in addition to fish and shellfish in coastal areas. Some historians argue that the origin of ceviche dates back more than 2,000 years ago at the time of the Moche civilization.

“You will somehow eat our ecosystems. That is what I say to people. We have a lot of ecosystems, and bring them here. You will feel and eat all of our ecosystems. “

But the richness of the food does not reside in native cuisine exclusively. Quite the opposite Peruvian cuisine is a reflection of the different cultures that live or have lived over time.

From Quechua, Aymara or indigen  recipes we find European influences of Spain, Italy and France.

In addition since the late nineteenth century there is a big Asian influence, peruvian cuisine takes the essence of Cantonese and Japanese dishes.

Surely if you look at Tripadvisor you’ll find more than ten good Chifa or Nikkei restaurants in your town.

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Peruvian cuisine is a cultural meeting point.

An archaeological tour is what seems to make Virgilio Martínez, Chef and Owner of Central, world’s fourth best restaurant by The Best 50.

Virgilio goes through all the territories of Peru, from the coast to the Andes through the Amazon. In an interview with The Worldfolio, Virgilio explains:

“We look for tradition, and native products.”

The chef  seeks to bring the essence, Peru’s  soul to our palates

“You will somehow eat our ecosystems. That is what I say to people. We have a lot of ecosystems, and bring them here. You will feel and eat all of our ecosystems. “

Virgilio Martínez Véliz Central

It is about understanding food beyond food. A food where all senses, feelings and emotions come into play. A food capable to transform life.

Peruvian cuisine is changing the life of the country. Peruvian cuisine is a cultural expression that has helped to strengthen the identity of Peru.

Perhaps there resides its success.

Anyway, congratulations Peru

 

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