This award establishes the importance and value of Peruvian cuisine at not only the level of the Americas, but at a global level as well. For that reason the OAS frames this award as the cultural contribution of the Americas to the world, thus reaffirming Peru’s presence on the international scene in a living, dynamic and constantly evolving way.
There is no doubt that following the awards, the eyes of the world have been drawn to Peru with the aim of enjoying everything its cuisine has to offer. This makes Peruvians feel very proud and leads visitors to take more of an interest in Peru’s culture, ensuring a memorable stay and making them want to return soon.
The award was presented by the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, to minister Eduardo Ferreyros, who noted that Peruvian cuisine has become a huge ambassador for the country and that it represents its cultural heritage. Similarly, he stressed that the award is given in recognition of its importance as a cultural expression.
The designation was made official on March 23, 2011, Inter-American Year of Culture, at the headquarters of the OAS in Washington DC, where a special ceremony was organized to distinguish Peruvian cuisine as American heritage for the world, as it is not a mere sum of flavors but a reflection of the relationship forged between the people, their land and their customs.
Minister Ferreyros said that this award, which he received with great pride, is a legitimate source of pride as it pays tribute to a cultural experience that unites Peruvians. The whole of Peru is honored to receive a place in the cultural context of the Americas, and its cuisine is recognized as a regional contribution to the world.