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The Rise of Peruvian Food

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Friday, June 18, 2010

When it comes to great food from the Americas no other country has yet to rival that of Peru's.  It is no surprise why Peruvian food is so widely recognized and praised among the gastronomic community, and one bite is all it will take to turn any skeptic into a believer.  About a decade and a half ago Peruvian food was a highly underrated cuisine in the food scene, however thanks to the food movement (NovoAndino = New Andean Cusine) that occurred in the mid and late 90's by Peru's most aspiring and talented chefs, Peruvian food has managed to rise to the forefront of international cuisine.

One example of Peru's culinary success is owed in part to the famous Chef Gastón Acurio, a chef who has managed to take Peruvian cuisine to an international level, with several restaurants in countries like: Mexico, Colombia, Spain, USA, Panama, Chile, Ecuador, and Venezuela.  Aside from his several restaurants Chef Acurio also hosts a popular food show on Peruvian TV which airs weekly and runs his very own culinary institute.

Saveur, a popular food and wine website and magazine has recently written an article that dissects the urban food cart vendor's of Lima and highlights one of Lima's most famous anticuchera's Grimanesa Vargas Araujo, more famously recognized as La Tia Grima.  La Tia Grima's highly demanded anticuchos or marinated beef hearts have won over the stomachs of many Limeños from all walks of life all of whom are content at waiting more than an hour to receive their order.

Below is a video review of Peruvian Chef Gastón Acurio's restaurant "La Mar", located in San Francisco.  This video is in Spanish but it has English subtitles.  The second video is of Chef Acurio preparing the popular Peruvian dish Cebiche.



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