The winners of the 2012 World Travel Awards have been recently made public. These Travel Awards are for the travel industry what the “Oscars” are for Hollywood and therefore hugely important. Hence we are glad to announce that this year Peru won the title of South America’s leading culinary destination earlier this year. Now Peru also has the pleasure of taking home the title of World’s Leading Culinary Destination!
For most people who have already visited Peru this should not come as a surprise but for many people who have not yet had the chance to come to Peru this maybe sounds a little strange seeing that the other nominees are for instance universally recognized culinary destinations such as; France, Italy, Spain, India, Japan, Mexico and Thailand. Nevertheless among Peruvians and foreigners living and travelling in Peru there is a sense of “it was about time” for this award.
For years now Peru had been standing on the frontline of culinary South America and this fame has been growing exponentially over the last couple of years. This fame has slowly been exported to other continents around the globe and Peruvian cuisine is becoming more and more popular in metropolitan cities around the world where Peruvian restaurants are the new place to be. London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Sydney, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco all have Peruvian restaurants and these are becoming the new places to be in each of these cities.
Following we would like to provide a little background on why the Peruvian cuisine is the new shining culinary star worldwide;
Peru is a country that for the larger part has been built on immigrants that came from all over the world and brought with them their own culinary traditions. As for Peruvian food, it is a very important part of social life, it is no wonder that they showed great interest in all these new cultures and the diversity they brought with them. If one has a deeper look into Peruvian cuisine, one can see that cooking styles from France, Italy, Japan, China and India have all been incorporated and can be found in the preparation of many typical Peruvian dishes.
As Peru has a biodiversity that few countries in the world can combine together, topped with almost all climate types imaginable, it is obvious that the wealth of this country when it comes to ingredients is almost endless. Apart from being home to the potato (the first potatoes worldwide were imported from Peru), quinoa and corn, the country nowadays can cultivate almost any fruit or vegetable known to mankind. On top of this Peru has almost 2500Km. of coastline blessed with some of the most bountiful waters on the planet. Fish, shrimps and all types of sea food imaginable can be found in these waters and the Peruvians have learned to take great advantage of this.
There is also the pride that Peruvians take in preparing and enjoying a great meal. I always thought that the Italians where the champions of food discussions, but after living for quite some time in Peru it became clear to me that Peruvians are even more passionate about their food. The preparation of ceviche or a lomo saltado can be discussed for hours and hours and every region has their specialty and way of preparing these national dishes. Therefore it shouldn’t be a surprise that Peru is one of the countries with the most professional culinary students in South America and that the number of cooking schools is among the highest in the world. Finally Peru has a number of worldwide recognized and highly innovative chefs that go through great lengths to put Peru on the international culinary map such as Gaston Acurio, Cucho Larosa, Humberto Sato, Pedro Miguel Schiaffano and Javier Wong among other. Several of these chefs have besides their restaurants in Lima, restaurants in all 4 corners of the world and their efforts cannot be underestimated when it comes to putting Peru on the culinary worldwide map.
Therefore we are happy to see that this acknowledgment has finally reached the travel world and that Peru besides being an awesome destinations for history and nature buffs, nowadays is gaining its stripes as a culinary destination as well.
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