How does the world perceive Peruvian cuisine?
Ferrán Adriá, owner and chef of the Spanish restaurant “El Bulli” and recognized as one of the best chef in the world, says: “I know the Peruvian cuisine has a lot of tradition and a great variety of products that would surprise me. What is traditional for Peruvians may be modern for us; the combination of sweet, salty and sour tastes is also something different. This makes it a very personal cuisine, with lots of tradition but which is also open to change. I believe that Peruvian cuisine will offer a lot to talk about.”
Juan Mari Arzak, chef and owner of the three Michelin-starred Arzak restaurant, says: “Peru is one of the places I would like to go. I have heard about ceviche and Peruvian potatoes, which are like jewels. I’ve read a lot about their gastronomy, and I believe it is considered one of the great cuisines. It’s a cuisine with heritage, with roots in the past, and a nutritional balance. Usually cuisines evolve over time, and some lose their richness because the ingredients change, but in Peruvian cuisine this doesn’t seem to have happened because the quality of their products doesn’t have anything to do with price. They have great markets and great ingredients, an immense variety. There you will find everything, including a history that not many people know comes from there.”
The Madrid Fusion food festival is one of the most important culinary events in Europe. Peruvian food provided a closing highlight, offering a rich national menu proving to be a revelation for European diners. The succulent Peruvian dishes were prepared by Peruvian chefs working in European restaurants, as well as a group of national representatives that traveled to Spain to prepare the creole seafood menu.
Mariano Valderrama, current president of the Peruvian Society of Gastronomy (Apega), noted that Peru will be featured during the event, consolidating our country‘s gastronomic boom.