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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.

Video: The Magic Of Peruvian Potatoes (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Finding Gastón]

[Finding Gastón]

As the city of Lima comes together this weekend to celebrate the fifth annual festival dedicated to native potatoes, let’s take a look at just what makes Peruvian potatoes so special.  In this gorgeous HD video as shot by the filmmakers behind Finding Gastón, the documentary all about the life and efforts of Gastón Acurio, take a look at the Andes where they’re grown, the people who grow them, and just how they can be transformed into something much greater.  Even if you’re not in Peru, chances are this is going to make you want some potatoes today.

National Native Potato Fest This Weekend In Lima (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

CLAQUETA1Calling all you potato lovers.  This weekend in Lima’s Parque de la Exposición, the best in starchy goodness that all of Peru has to offer will be on display at the 5th annual Festival Nacional de la Papa Nativa.  From Friday, May 30 to Sunday, June, Parque de la Exposición will be taken over by producers, restaurants and culinary schools all showing off just how diverse and versatile the Peruvian tuber is.  Entry to the event is free, and will offer food, live music, demonstrations, and more.  Viva la papa!