If Peruvian chef GastÃ³n Acurio has his way, the cuisine of his native land will become just as popular as Mexican, Chinese and Thai are now. To accomplish his goal, Acurio is scouting locations in New York City to set up a Peruvian restaurant that he hopes will be a launching pad for his brand, which already is wildly popular in his home city of Lima. An accomplished chef, cookbook author and television personality, Acurio hopes to have a New York location identified within the next 30 days.
This past month, Acurio opened up a U.S. location of La Mar in San Francisco, where Peru’s signature dish, ceviche, is the headliner on the menu. The rest of his food selections lean heavily toward seafood.
Acurio is no stranger to the fine-dining scene. His flagship restaurant, Astrid y GastÃ³n, operates in seven countries outside Peru, and several other multi-star Peruvian restaurants are branching out to other Latin American countries as the cuisine becomes more mainstream.
Peruvians are taking a keen interest in all things gastronomic and attendance at culinary schools has spiked to an all-time high with more than 6,000 students learning the fine techniques of haute cuisine. The government even passed a decree citing that food is part of Peru’s national heritage, saying it “contributed significantly to the consolidation of national identity”
Friends and fans of Acurio friends are supporting his efforts to put Peruvian cuisine on the map, hoping it will allow increased exports of other products, ranging from multicolored potatoes to their own national brandy drink, called pisco. We look forward to the opening of the NYC location and wish Chef Acurio as well as Peru all the success they deserve.
Have you been there, let us know what you think of Astrid Y Gaston.