Peru named “Destination of the Year” by Food and Travel Magazine

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Once again, Peruvian food is making a splash among international lovers of great food.

British cuisine magazine Food and Travel hosted its annual “Food and Travel Magazine Reader Awards” last night at the Savoy Hotel in London. Among awards such as “Restaurant of the Year” and “Chef of the Year,” Peru appeared as the winner of “Destination of the Year.”

The awards were decided by an online vote organized by Food and Travel Magazine, where foodie fans of the publication could voice their opinions about their favorite restaurants, hotels, and destinations over a three month voting period, reports Andina news agency.

Food and Travel’s website announces that “London’s vibrant 12 months was reflected in a patriotic vote that saw the British capital claim the City of the Year title, while Peru’s growing popularity as both a food and travel hotspot led to it being named Destination of the Year.”

According to El Comercio, the magazine announced the results via Twitter as the awards ceremony was taking place. Andina adds that Food and Travel magazine is “one of the UK’s leading lifestyle magazines […and] is an independent, upscale lifestyle title published 10 times a year.”

Winning travel and food awards is nothing new to Peru, of course – as Andina notes, in 2012 Peru was named the “World’s Leading Culinary Destination” at the World Travel Awards. More recently, Peruvian restaurant Lima27 was listed among National Geographic’s top ten restaurants in the world. But with Mistura opening on Friday, it’s an especially appropriate time to be celebrating Peruvian food.News comes as Lima prepares to celebrate Mistura.

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Rachel Chase

Rachel Chase is a proud born-and-bred Minnesotan who’s moved to Lima after graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in Spanish and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies. During her junior year of college, Rachel studied in Peru and loved it so much that she just had to come back. As well as being a dedicated News Editor, Rachel plays the ukulele and sings, as well as trying to devour as many books as she can.