With a culinary empire that is spreading globally every year, chef Acurio is one of the world’s leading chefs. In particular, he has pioneered the prominence of Peruvian cuisine within the world of fine-dining. Starting out cooking traditional Peruvian cuisine, Gastón's cooking has evolved into more haute cuisine, using native produce and local cooking techniques to hone the best flavours out of the food. Today, his restaurant Astrid y Gastón in Lima is at number 18, having climbed the ladder of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Having completed his cooking course at Le Cordon Bleu, Gastón returned to Peru – with his German wife, Astrid with whom he runs his restaurants – and begun his development of ‘Cocina Novoandina’ (Newandean Cuisine). His empire began life in 1994 with Lima-based Astrid y Gastón and expanded to Santiago, Bogotà, Quito, Caracas, Cusco, Miami, Chicago and others. Each restaurant has its own speciality and focus, from ceviche to sweet treats, snacks to fine-dining. However, every one of them encompasses chef Acurio’s passion for Peruvian cuisine, native ingredients and flavours and abundance of skill.
Describe your culinary philosophy in 5 words…
Peruvian, universal, free, ecological, social,
What is your greatest inspiration?
What three things would you take to a desert island?
Potatoes, aji and water.
- #18 | Astrid y Gastón | The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, 2014
- #2 | Astrid y Gastón | Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, 2014
- The Diners Club ® Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013 | Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants
- The Global Gastronomy Awarded, 2013 | White Guide
Astrid y Gastón
Calle Cantaurias 175, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
+51 1242 4422
Av. La Mar 770, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
+51 1421 3365