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Watch Astrid y Gastón Delight Russia With Peruvian Flavors (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Astrid y Gastón]

[Astrid y Gastón]

If you had to guess which countries are going crazy for Latin food right now, you might be surprised to find that Russia and Dubai top the lists. Dubai has recently had a string of new Latin (mainly Peruvian) restaurants open in the last couple of years. In the past few months, Russian chefs and restaurants have been going to great lengths to bring chefs from throughout Latin America over for a taste of heat and exotic flavors in an otherwise chilly landscape. Jorge Vallejo, from Mexico’s Quintonil, was in Moscow late last year. Back in December, Diego Muñoz, executive chef for Astrid y Gastón in Lima, Peru, went to wow diners with his wildly modern take on Peruvian classics.

Watch Peru’s Top Chefs Talk About Their National Cuisine (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[World's 50 Best]

[World’s 50 Best]

Back in November, the organizers of the Latin America’s 50 Best awards headed to Lima for an edition of their 50 Best Talks, which featured the city’s top chefs including Virgilio Martínez, Gastón Acurio,  and Mitsuharu Tsumura, amongst others. The chefs, writers, and other professionals in the industry spent the day at Gastón Acurio’s flagship Casa Moreyra, discussing how far Peru has come, but also what they as professionals need to do to ensure that the country remains a leader in South American gastronomy. Amidst the discussion, the 50 Best team also managed to sneak in a few words with a few of the chefs about just what being a Peruvian chef means to them.

The Best Of 2014: Astrid y Gastón Casa Moreyra Opens

By Patrick Hieger

[photo: Juan Martin Cabrejos]

[photo: Juan Martin Cabrejos]

It was big news when we found out that Gastón Acurio was not only going to close the original location of Astrid y Gastón where it had lived for twenty years, but that he was going to replace it with a brand new, six-million dollar facility that would feature two restaurants, a multi-room private dining area, a garden, catering center, and more.  How?  Why?  What would it do to the restaurant’s rise in rankings over the years as one of the best restaurants in the world?  

When The Power Goes Out, The Astrid Y Gastón Team Doesn’t Stop (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Astrid y Gastón]

[Astrid y Gastón]

When the final bill comes at the end of what is obviously going to be an expensive meal, the sticker shock can often be overwhelming.  After all, it’s just food, right?  Not entirely.  You’re also paying for superior service, a beautiful environment, food that has been painstakingly prepared, and a team in the kitchen that, no matter what, will do any and everything to make sure that your food is prepared perfectly, and consistently, every single time.  

Watch Peruvian Farmers Cook Potatoes In Their Own Soil (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Astrid y Gastón]

[Astrid y Gastón]

It should go without saying that one of the top dishes of 2014 is the re-creation of the huatia that Astrid y Gastón chef Diego Muñoz made as part of the inaugural menu for the new Casa Moreyra.  A dish typically made from roasting potatoes in the same earth as they are grown, Muñoz and his incredible team managed to bring the experience tableside, giving diners at least a taste of the potato farmer’s life, albeit much more elegant.  Always eager to highlight the same producers from whom they source their ingredients, the incredible video team at Astrid y Gastón have made another short film about some of the potato farmers who supply the restaurant, as well as their traditional hutia cooking technique, which is another part of the process.  Muñoz presented this video at his Star Chefs presentation in New York last week, along with a live version of the cooking technique, which many dubbed as the first-ever huatia in New York.  If you ever have the chance to enjoy potatoes cooked in this manner, we highly recommend it.