Peru Culinary Year in Review 2012

Mistura2012 was a delicious year, one in which Peruvian food conquered millions of tastebuds. In harvesting what had been planted years ago, Peru has transformed into a worldwide trend and revolution. Nevertheless, Peru also drank some bitter drinks with the deaths of chefs Iván Kisic, María Huamaní, Jason Nanka and Lorena Valdivia. Here is the 2012 Year in Review for Peruvian Food.


The culinary year began with the announcement of the new Astrid & Gaston restaurant in the Casa Moreya, a project that had been delayed due to the pressure by San Isidro neighbors.

Pedro Miguel Schiaffino presented for the second time in the gastronomic convention of Madrid Fusion.


Peruvian Martin Morales introduced the restaurant Ceviche to London Soho.


Cookbooks “Rafael. El chef, el restaurante, las recetas” by Rafael Osterling and “El gran libro del postre peruano” by Sandra Plevisani won Gourmand awards, which are considered the Oscars of Gastronomic Literature.

The Instituto de Cocina Pachacutec was inaugurated in Arequipa.


The San Pellegrino list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, which was published in the British magazine “Restaurant” announced that restaurants Astrid & Gaston and Malabar went up in rankings, to 35 and 62, respectively.


The restaurant El Señorío de Sulco celebrated its 25th anniversary. Isabel Álvarez and Flavio Solórzano look towards the future and reaffirm continuing with a unique kitchen.

The pisco La Botija Italia 2011 by Taberbero won a Gold Medal and Best Spirit in the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012.


Ferran Adrià and Gastón Acurio presented “Perú sabe. La cocina, arma social” in New York.

The Service School was inaugurated in Pachacutec.

The third annual Native Potato Festival was held.


The Summum Awards were presented and Central was chosen as Best Restaurant and Maras as the Best New Restaurant.

Forty restaurants came together to help the NGO “Acción contra el Hambre” fight malnutrition in Ayacucho.


The Peruvian episode of the BBC series “Collaboration Culture” shares the native potato in hands of Gastón Acurio and Jordi Roca. The episode was seen in more than 200 countries.

Pedro Miguel Schiaffino inaugurated the restaurant ámaZ in order to share the food of the Amazon.


The food festival of Mistura beat records with 506,531 people in attendance in 10 days.

Spanish chef Ferran Adrià announced that he was going to open Pakta, a Nikkei restaurant in Barcelona, where 2 Peruvian chefs would work.

Peru was chosen as the South America’s Leading Gastronomic Destination by the World Travel Awards.


The London restaurant, Lima London, by chef Virgilio Martinez, won the category “One to Watch” at the prestigious National Restaurant Awards 2012.

Peru Mucho Gusto Ancash drew over 25,000 in attendance.

The second annual Expo Cafe Peru 2012 was held.


The Peruvian gastronomic world mourned the losses of Juan Carlos Aymar Acevedo (El Verídico de Fidel), Lucila Salas (La Lucila, Arequipa), María Huamaní (Karabotas, Ayacucho), Lorena Valdivia and Jason Nanka (Nanka) and Iván Kisic.

Forbes magazine included Peruvian food in the list of Top 10 Food Trends of 2012.

Thanks to his restaurant Ceviche, Martin Morales was included in the list of 1000 Most Influencial People 2012, published by the “London Evening Standard.”


Peru was chosen as the World’s Leading Culinary Destination by the prestigious World Travel Awards.

To commemorate 40 years of work, Marisa Guiulfo presents her book, “Celebra la vida.”

The Gourmand Award finalists 2012 were announced: “edé”, “La gran cocina mestiza de Arequipa” and “Alegorías al pisco” represent Perú.


Translated from El Comercio. Edited to add links.

Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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