ABOUT PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY

  • Peruvian cuisine, the result of a nearly 500-year blend of Spanish, African, Japanese and Chinese immigration and native cultures, is hitting big on the worldwide food scene with restaurants and consumers.
  • Peru was awarded the World’s Leading Culinary Travel Destination in 2012 and 2013 at the World Travel Awards, regarded as the “Oscars of Tourism”, and is nominated once again this year.
  • Peruvian Chef Javier Wong’s ceviche recently won the Chowtzer Fast Feasts Awards, as the tastiest dish in the world.
  • Peruvian Chef Gaston Acurio received The Global Gastronomy Award in 2013, which is awarded by the Sweden's White Guide, which ranks the country's 250 best restaurants and chefs who have left their culinary mark in the world. Previous recipients have included Adrià, 
  • Over the past five years Peruvian cuisine has seen its flavors and influence grow all over the world as Peruvian restaurants open their doors across the United States, including San Francisco, New York City and Miami, and recently Tanta restaurant in Chicago. In the Tristate area there are almost 200 Peruvian restaurants.
  • In 2011 the Peruvian cuisine was recognized by the Organization of American States (OAS) as Cultural Heritage of the Americas.
  • Lima has become a leading culinary destination, and in September 2013 the capital city hosted the first edition of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony. Three Peruvian restaurants made it to the top 10: Astrid y Gaston, Central and Malabar.
  • Peru also made it to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2014 with Central restaurant ranked #15 (2 years on the list), and Astrid y Gaston ranked #18 (4 years on the list).
  • Peru specializes in growing vegetables and fruits that are exported both fresh and processed to niches that demand high quality.
  • In 2013, agricultural exports reached 4,142 million US$ dollars and the top products were coffee, grapes, fresh and canned asparagus, avocado and mango.
  • Export of Peruvian quinoa increased an astonishing 100% in 2013 versus the previous year.  The United Nations designated 2013 the International Year of Quinoa.
  • Pisco is a distilled grape brandy considered a national pride and a flagship product. The spirit owns a protected designation of origin applied to preserve the traditional principles of quality of production in the Peruvian coastal valleys of Arequipa, Ica, Lima, Moquegua and Tacna.
  • The number of tourists visiting Peru went from 2 million people in 2008 to 3.1 million in 2013.

 

Trade Commission of Peru in New York.

August 2014