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The Peru effect: the rise of Peruvian restaurants across the globe

Finally, Peruvian food has emerged from the shadows and is receiving the international recognition it deserves. In London, the Peruvian restaurant Lima and its head chef Virgilio Martinez were recently awarded Michelin star status (their first of many, we hope) – the first such accolade for a Peruvian restaurant in London. Another proponent of Peruvian food is Martin Morales who, after the phenomenal success of Ceviche in Soho, is opening a second restaurant in Shoreditch. It seems that Londoners can’t get enough of the taste of Peru. And with good reason too…

Virgilio Martinez

You wouldn’t think that nestled away in the corner of South America lays one of the most varied gastronomies. But it is Peru’s location that makes its cuisine so diverse. The seafood rich Pacific Ocean is on Peru’s doorstep, the Amazon gives birth to exotic fruits and herbs, and the Andes provides the perfect climate for potatoes and corn. It is the availability of full, fresh ingredients and the fusion of many different cultures that really sets Peru apart. With common dishes like cerviche, to chifa and nikkei – drawn from Chinese and Japanese migration into Peru, or dishes that can trace their ancestry back thousands of years like pachamanca – succulent meat, traditional, local potatoes and lima beans cooked on hot stones buried underground; Peru really comes alive with its food, and there is a dish to suit even the most discerning of critics.

Peruvian Food

Host to the largest food festival in Latin America, Mistura, Peru – and the Peruvians – take their food exceptionally seriously, with a passion to rival even that of the Italians. Fresh, spicy and full of variety, Peru offers a culinary experience like no other. But, with the bold Mexican and Caribbean flavours to the north, possibly the world’s best steak producer to the south and vibrant, fruity tastes from the east, it is easy to see why Peru has sat somewhat in the shadows until the efforts of a brave few to export it worldwide; and we should all be thankful they did.

Gaston Acurio

London best keep its ears – and stomachs – open for the arrival of “the Peruvian Jamie Oliver”, Gaston Acurio, who is rumoured to have his sights set on the city. It’s about time the rest of the world learnt that food in Peru isn’t just limited to a roasted guinea pig, or half a leg of llama, although they still taste delicious too.

 

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Travel to Peru in 2014 with Inkaterra

Looking forward to 2013

A new year gives travellers the chance to plan a trip to one of the destinations they have dreamed of visiting. With South America named one of the go-to destinations for 2014, and a 10% increase in tourism to Peru expected, Inkaterra is looking forward to another successful year.

Here are just some of the reasons that the jewel in South America’s western point is becoming a hot-spot in 2014.

Machu Picchu  

For many, a trip to Peru and  South America is only complete with a visit to the centre of the Incan Empire; ‘Machu Picchu’. With unrivalled scenery, this awe-inspiring ancient city has become one of the top destinations for people to see in their lifetime. Set yourself a goal this New Year by hiking the Inca Trail with Inkaterra. Within a day trip, reach the Citadel of Machu Picchu via a steady climb along the Inca trail allows experiencing past diverse mountain habitats, archaeological sites and a beautiful waterfall.

Trek the Inca Trail with Inkaterra

A Gastronomic Paradise

When it comes to great food from the Americas, no other country has yet to rival that of Peru, and the whole world seems to agree. With Peruvian restaurants popping up across the globe such as Lima and Coya in London, and Gaston Acurio’s restaurant empire growing across the Americas and Europe, Peruvian cuisine continues to be the star of the world food stage.  The mouth-watering ceviches, spicy mashed potato causas and tender alpaca steaks have become a firm favourite amongst many. Come to Peru and taste it in its home environment.

A classic Peruvian drink 'Pisco Sours'

The Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, covering over five and a half million square kilometres.  Nicknamed “The Lungs of our Planet” the Amazon Rainforest produces 20% of earth’s oxygen. To see this astoundingly beautiful natural ecosystem on our planet is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Stay in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon with Inkaterra at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, in a treehouse surrounded by only the sounds of tropical birdsong. Climb the banks of the meandering Madre de Dios river and enter another world. Surrounded by a vast jungle canopy, your body and mind can truly unwind, rejuvenate and revitalise.

The Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

Unmatched Wildlife

Peru has some of the greatest biodiversity in the world thanks t0 the Andes and the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.  Lush greenery accented with wildlife cover the land, while up above a birding paradise is waiting to be discovered. With 1,836 species of birds (20 % of the world total), of which 120 are endemic, Peru possesses an astonishing ornithological diversity. Long-considered a birding paradise, Peru is now recognised worldwide with over 20,000 bird-watchers expected to visit Peru next year, generating an estimated $50 million USD in revenue.

A hummingbird flies close to a flower during the Birding Rally Challenge at "Aguas Calientes" in Cuzco, Peru

Unparalleled in history, natural beauty and diversity, Peru offers a myriad of delightful landscapes, cultural experiences, and exhilarating adventure. Whether you visit to embark upon an adventure, engage in the cultural mosaic of Peru’s charming cities, or simply to evolve the archeologist within, Peru offers a wealth of landscapes and settings to satisfy every curiosity.

Make your dream of visiting Peru a reality this year.

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In the spotlight: Gastón Acurio’s Restaurant Empire

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We have much to thank Gastón Acurio for. This iconic chef has been the catalyst for the great movement in popularity for Peruvian food across the world. His first restaurant Astrid y Gastón’ was an instant success in the city of Lima, and over the past decade his food and restaurant empire has gone from strength to strength. With over 30 restaurants and a weekly TV show, Gastón is Peru’s most famous chef, and arguably the best known Peruvian in the world. He is now set to open his 2nd restaurant in Spain in the heart of Barcelona. The Tanta Bistro will bring all the richness of Peruvian cuisine to the people of Barcelona. All cravings of Peru will be met, and there will no doubt be new avid fans of Peruvian food.

Gastón recently collaborated with Jordi Roca, famous Spanish Pastry Chef for the BBC’s Collaboration Culture Project. The BBC joined 14 creative people from around the world together, and then paired them up to work on an art project together. Jordi Roca flew to the city of Lima, where himself and Gaston devised sweets made from different varieties of Peruvian potatoes grown high in the Andes, such as potato and chilli jellies and roses made from potato petals and caramel. Gastón and Jordi took to the streets of Lima to give people the chance to taste their collaboration. The Mayor of Lima and the president’s wife were among the few who were lucky enough to taste their take on Peruvian potatoes.

The growth in popularity of Peruvian cuisine would not have been possible without him. His mission isn’t just about opening restaurants, but about selling the country of Peru to the world. He has been known to describe his country as a happy marriage between history and opportunity, melding a profusion of international influences: Amerindian, European, African, Chinese and Japanese, with Peru’s extraordinarily diverse climate and geography as it’s backdrop.

Food is a big part of the Peruvian way of life and subsequently a focus across all of the Inkaterra properties. We blend traditional Andean food with contemporary cuisine, creating an innovative fusion-style fare, and always impeccably served. For those that love indulging in organic and fresh produce, Peru is the go-to-destination, with Inkaterra the ideal place to rest your head.

As Peruvian food continues to grow in popularity, so too will Gastón. Long may the love of Peruvian food foster across the world.

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