Lima – the capital of Peru – is now considered to be a new gastronomy mecca for the entire world. This was stated by the prestigious British journal The Economist, confirming that 7 out of the 15 best gourmst retaurants in Latin America are located in Lima!
The journalist highlights Peru’s cultural fusion reflected in its hauted cuisine which is being exported now all over the world.
The booming growth in global popularity is based on the diverse range of inputs, from the many varieties of fruits and vegetables to healthy grains like quinoa.
“Now that we have put Peruvian cuisine on the map, we want to make it one of the axes of global cuisine with a new generation of chefs conquering the world,” acclaimed chef Gastón Acurio, one of the responsable men of the expension of Peruvian gastronomy:
Acurio is a successful entrepreneur that has opened 37 trendy Peruvian restaurants in 11 countries over the last two decades.
According to the Economist, until recently, tourists would head straight for Cusco, the former Inca capital, to visit the amazing city of Cusco, ruins of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
But now, approximately 75,000 foodie visitors come to Lima just to enjoy its food, spending an average of $1,250 each, according to the tourist-industry association.
Gastronomy has now become an export industry for Peru: several hundred Peruvian restaurants, many of them franchises, have been set up across the world in the past decade.
Peru’s gastronomic revolution, along with rapid economic growth over the past decade, has helped to restore national self-esteem in Peru that a quarter-century ago was wracked by terrorism and hyperinflation