“You don’t take from the sea. (Or land). The sea (or land) gives you”. This is your culinary journey through Peru’s history. Discover the origin of various cuisines, visit markets, street-food carts, meet artisans, chefs, and sample local ingredients, while you understand and learn to respect the bounty around you.
Peru’s gastronomy is tantalizing everyone’s palates and creativity! Their chefs are on the San Pellegrino list too! But what makes it truly unique, as you will discover on your gastronomic journey through its restaurants, street food, local artisans, and markets is that they all foster connections between land and culture, use local produce that supports local farmers, they respect the diversity and promote fair trade, sustainability and minimize waste. And it’s not some new age trend, these values are ancient customs and ways of living passed down through generations. Even new experimental, fusion menus are a tribute to the food of the times gone by. It’s a return of tradition in modern times! “You don’t take from the sea. The sea gives you”. And this goes for land too. A popular principal the f&b industry lives by. It means that chefs in Peru are cooking with whatever their seas and land give them. They do not demand or chase down a specific ingredient. That’s what makes them innovative. That’s what keeps their lands and oceans abundant. In fact Peru is one of the few countries whose everything is pretty organic and fresh! Even their fish only come from the sea and not a farm! And it is accessible to all too- that way the major population gets to be and eat healthy. When we immerse ourselves into Peruvian gastronomy deeply, we are not just introduced to the land and its produce. We see how people of the country understand where their food comes from, how it was produced and by whom. This is what makes for responsible yet enjoyable daily choices. This is what brings appreciation to the cultural and social importance of food.
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