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Today In Headlines, Porn Star Eats Ceviche After Filming A Sesh (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Ceviche on the Run]

[Ceviche on the Run]

News out of Peru today comes in the form of pornography and raw fish. Terra reports that the wildly popular Mia Khalifa, known for her large assets as well as receiving death threats for having sex on camera in traditional Muslim attire, ate ceviche last week after filming for Bang Bros. Tuesday, apparently, is a slow news day.

Juan Manuel Barrientos On Opening El Cielo In Miami, And The Busy Year Ahead

By Patrick Hieger

[Mario Alzate]

[Mario Alzate]

As if 2014 hasn’t already been busy enough for young Colombian chef Juan Manuel Barrientos, it looks like 2015 is going to be even crazier.  At just 31, Barrientos is on the verge of opening the third location of his highly-acclaimed El Cielo, this time in Miami.  In addition to franchising his successful pizzería, trying to write a cookbook, and managing a foundation that brings ex-guerrillas and wounded soldiers together via learning how to cook.  

Amidst the clamor of banging hammers, people asking his opinions on color schemes and plates, we had the chance to catch up with the chef at the forthcoming Miami location of El Cielo.  Friends, family, and workers moved steadily around him, and although he and his team were about to start cooking trials the following day, he seemed completely relaxed.  

Read below for the complete conversation, and get inspired to do even a third of what this chef has already accomplished at such a young age.  And get ready for a beautiful new restaurant that’s set to open in downtown Miami in less than two weeks.  

Gastón Acurio’s La Mar Miami Is A ‘Best New Restaurant’ For 2014 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Thrillist / La Mar]

[Thrillist / La Mar]

Although we’ll be waiting until January to do our annual awards for 2014, other outlets can’t seem to wait that long.  U.S.-based culture website Thrillist released their 2014 awards today for The 21 Best New Restaurants in America, and Gastón Acurio and the team at the Miami location of his high-end La Mar cevichería has come away with one of the spots.  Even Thrillist’s Food and Drinks editor Kevin Alexander seemed surprised by the restaurant’s inclusion on the list.  “Though I’m usually naturally biased against hotel restaurants with the chef’s name in the title, once you try the Peruvian food at La Mar by Gaston Acurio, you’ll be okay with him naming it whatever he wants.”  That’s the Gastón effect.

No other Peruvian spots made the list, though Tanta, Acurio’s first restaurant in Chicago, which opened in 2013, continues to win high praise from diners and critics alike.  Per our sources, Acurio won’t be opening another spot in the United States in 2015, though various other international openings are in the works.  We’ll keep you posted.  Congrats to La Mar! 

La Mar Miami Benefit Dinner Will Feature Gastón Acurio (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[La Mar]

[La Mar]

If you’re going to be in Miami next week, you might want to make sure and get your tickets to the benefit dinner being held at the new La Mar in the Mandarin Oriental, which will feature restaurant owner and Peruvian celebrity chef Gastón Acurio.  Proceeds from the James Beard Foundation-sponsored dinner, which will be held on Tuesday, September 23, will go to the Johnson and Wales Culinary program in Miami, one of the area’s top culinary schools.  The one night-only dinner will be prepared at the hands of La Mar’s chef and Acurio’s right hand man, Diego Oka, and will feature Nikkei-style ceviches, causas, and even a whole-fish Nikkei.  Tickets to the event are a mere US $75, and can be made by emailing momia-restaurants@mohg.com or by calling +1 (305) 913 8358.  Celeb chefs and a good cause?  Get on it.  

Expansion: Miami Will Get An Outpost Of London’s Coya (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Coya]

[Coya]

Peruvian food is now starting to transfer and expand between nations that are not the cuisine’s homeland.  Today Miami.com reports that Arjun Waney, who owns London hotspot Coya, has plans to open a branch of the restaurant in Miami’s Brickell district.  They also report that the restaurant “won’t be opening anytime soon,” although there is an address (999 Brickell Ave.).  Though not even close to the first Peruvian restaurant in Miami, a location of Coya will increase the profile of the country’s cuisine in the city, moving in alongside Jaime Pesaque’s SuViche restaurants and the newly opened La Mar, which seems to dazzling diners day in and day out.  Could a bespoke pisco list be the key to further Peruvian success in South Florida?  We’ll have to wait and see.  [via Miami.com]

NBA VIPs Went Peruvian In Miami (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Facebook / Jaime Pesaque]

[Facebook / Jaime Pesaque]

Though you don’t hear quite as much about Peruvian chef Jaime Pesaque as you do the other leading Peruvian chefs, he’s already had quite a career.  With his flagship Mayta in Lima, Pesaque has restaurants in Hong Kong, Spain, and Miami, Florida.  It’s the latter, Suviche, his new brand of sushi and ceviche bars in Miami, that have caught the attention of the Miami Heat.

For the second time this year, Pesaque and the team at Suviche were tapped to feed the big wigs at the American Airlines arena, and for the finals, he was feeding the biggest of all.  NBA veteran Shaquille O’Neal dined alongside the NBA president and the Miami commissioner, with dishes like ceviche, lomo saltado, and others.  The following night, Mike Tyson.  Look out for another Peruvian empire in the very near future.  [via El Comercio]

La Mar Miami Voted As A U.S. ‘Best New Restaurant’ (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Zagat]

[Zagat]

Yesterday Zagat released a list of the 15 hottest restaurant openings in the United States this year, and Miami’s new La Mar Cebichería rounded out the picks.  The Gastón Acurio-inspired, Diego Oka-managed space has been winning over hearts and stomachs since its opening back in March.  Zagat also notes, as an insider tip, that “there are three bars here to try, one serving pisco-enhanced cocktails and the other two specializing in ceviche and anticucho.”  Just in time for summer. 

Watch The Full Episode Of ‘A Chef’s Journey’ Featuring Diego Oka (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[A Chef's Journey]

[A Chef’s Journey]

Last week we showed you the trailer for the Miami episode of chef Steven Meese’s program A Chef’s Journey featuring Peruvian chef Diego Oka, who now helms La Mar cebichería at the Mandarin Oriental.  Apparently you were excited because that post got tossed around the internet like a rookie’s baseball card.  Lucky for you, the whole episode is now available, and it’s a good one.  Meese goes deep into La Mar, and gets a lot more detail about Oka’s background.  From starting in Lima nine years ago when La Mar first opened, to heading across the globe ever since, Oka has had quite a colorful career at only 30 years old.  The episode finishes at MC kitchen with chef Dena Marino showing off all she’s learned from working under Michael Chiarello.  For a taste of Lima and Italy through that oh-so-beautiful Miami lens, set aside a few minutes and watch this episode.