Top chefs love Peruvian food

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Peruvian food has gone from being Latin American cuisine’s best-kept secret to a worldwide phenomenon. And it’s not just international diners who are impressed with Peruvian food– international high-profile chefs have a lot to say about the country’s cuisine.

World-famous chef Alain Ducasse, who visited Peru in September in order to take part in Lima’s Mistura festival, had this to say about Peruvian food:

“The Peruvian culinary scene is incredibly vibrant. The country benefits from biodiversity, while Gaston Acurio and many young chefs are exploring the region’s culinary traditions, from ceviche to grilling techniques. Peru has a clear vision of its future in terms of both cuisine and sustainable development. The country knows also how to unite all its talents to succeed. And, even more importantly, every chef realizes he has to find his own personal style of expression. Tomorrow, Peru will become one of the leading actors on the global culinary scene.”

Rick Bayless, an American chef who has long specialized in Mexican cuisine, told Bloomberg that “Peru has one of the greatest cuisines in the world. You say Peruvian food to a person in the U.S. or in Europe, and they wouldn’t even have a clue what it is, maybe ceviche and that’s as far as they could get. But it’s a beautiful cuisine, not from just the standpoint of academically interesting: It’s deliciously interesting.”

Bayless, owner of Topolobampo restaurant in Chicago, is known for his PBS series Mexico: One Plate at a Time.

Martin Morales, the English-Peruvian owner of Ceviche in London, told Bloomberg that “Peruvian cuisine has surged in popularity in the last few years, which makes me very proud of my heritage. The flavors are very diverse. Our national dishes range from those steeped in indigenous Andean culture and tradition, to those influenced by the migration of Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and African people through the ages.”Alain Ducasse, Rick Bayless, and others rave to Bloomberg about the booming Latin American food industry, and Peru in particular.

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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.