Astrid Gutsche is Gastón Acurio’s wife and partner in the kitchen of the famous Peruvian restaurant Astrid & Gastón. She loves to create new fun, creative and delicate dishes, just like her.
In a recent interview by El Trinche, Astrid talks about her work, going back 25 years ago when she and her husband opened their first restaurant in Lima. “There was a freezer in my office because there was no room to put it in, the vacuum machine was in the hallway”, she describes that first joint.
After their business started growing and changing locations, she says she still loves what she does with Gastón with the same energy of when she started. “I enter the kitchen, take out orders, attend tables. That really makes you feel that you work as a family and that is a beautiful thing”, she said.
Astrid also confesses that she loves to serve. “I studied cooking, then pastry. I studied wines, that is, I really studied everything and I love everything, and when we started working, Gastón was in the kitchen and I was in pastry”, she told El Trinche. “Then I went to take care of the service because the first job I had at age 16 was in a restaurant”, she continued, saying that if the food is good but the service isn’t, then the food will not taste good in the end.
“Morning pastry, night serving room, is quite demanding. Yes, but I really found a little my way of working. In Chacarilla I have a production workshop where I make all the desserts for Tanta and a small space where those – who I call pastry chefs – do their work”, she said about her daily life.
She also talks about her work with cocoa in Peru and her related book Guardianes del Cacao and that she never imagined her work with Astrid & Gastón will develop the way it has when she began.
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