“Alchemy is a word that comes to mind when describing the incredible spirit of Perú. This Andean country of 28 million people is the result of an inspirational combination of flavors, cultures, histories, peoples and more than six dozen indigenous languages, all of which together have created a wide diversity of cultural expressions now conquering the world.
There is a distinctness that is Peru. It is the mystery of the Andes and the exuberance of the Amazon. It is the darkness of the Pacific and the clarity of the Inca Valleys. It has the largest indigenous population in South America with the Quechuas, Aymaras and Moches situated in the Andean highlands and the intricate shamanic Ticuna, Yagua and Shipivo tribes in the Amazon. There is Machu Picchu, Peru’s ancient city and one of the marvels of the world, and there is Lima, a modern metropolis and now an exciting culinary destination thanks to Gastón Acurio, the Peruvian chef who has taken authentic ingredients and recipes to new levels of creativity and put Peruvian specialties like ceviches, tacutacu, aji de gallina, causass, and anticuchos on the map amongst fine global cuisine.”