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Virgilio Martínez Will Open Nos, A Casual Concept, Later This Year In Lima (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Nancy Chappell / Restrogrupo]

[Nancy Chappell / Restrogrupo]

Although we’ve already seen what Virgilio Martínez can do with Peruvian ingredients outside of his native Lima, earning a Michelin star for his beloved Lima London, later this year we’ll get a taste of his casual cooking. Nos, he told El Comercio, speaking of his forthcoming casual project, is “what I’ve always wanted to do in Lima. Something ultra super casual, fun and spontaneous, that opens all day.” The new restaurant, which Martínez says will be completely different from the food at both Central and both of his London restaurants, is set to open some time in May or June. 

Watch This Documentary About Virgilio Martínez, Peru, and Red Bull’s Hangar 7 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Servus]

[Servus]

It seems as though we’ve unintentionally turned this into “Documentaries About Virgilio Martínez Week,” though with good reason. After getting an exquisite look at his latest Alturas menu from the same team that filmed Finding Gastón, now out of Austria we get a more in-depth look at Martinez, his past, his country, and the international work he’s doing to promote his native cuisine. Earlier this month Martínez was the invited chef at the mythic Ikarus restaurant at Red Bull’s Hangar 7 in Salzburg. Part museum housing some of the greatest planes that have ever hit the air, the facility also houses a world-class restaurant headed by chef Martin Klein, where they invite the world’s leading chefs to come collaborate and promote the incredible diversity of world cuisines.

Watch This Exquisite Short About Central’s Latest Alturas Menu (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Chiwake Films]

[Chiwake Films]

Although the team behind Lima’s Central and the accompanying Mater Iniciativa project, which feeds the restaurant its never ending array of unique ingredients from throughout Peru, regularly release short videos about new dishes or discoveries they’re working on, it’s been awhile since we last saw a complete film about the latest menu at the restaurant. Least of all one from a celebrated director. Luckily, it seems they realized that we were waiting for some more beautiful imagery, so the wait is over.

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.

Peru Gets Two Nods On Time Out London’s Top 20 Of 2014 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Time Out]

[Time Out]

Although it’s already been a big year for Virgilio Martínez, after coming in at number 15 on the World’s 50 Best list and retaining his Michelin star for his London outpost Lima, the praise continues to come in.  Today, Time Out released their list of the 20 best new restaurants in London for 2014, and Martínez’s new Lima Floral, a more casual take on both the atmosphere and cuisine at Lima, made the list.  Time Out says, “A second London satellite to Central in Lima (widely regarded as one of Peru’s best restaurants), this latest extension of the Lima gambit introduces even more Peruvian classics to British taste buds – only this time around, there’s a little less fuss, a more reasonable price tag, and a bar in the basement serving pisco cocktails. And instead of high-tech kitchen wizardry, there’s an emphasis on inspired textures and flavors.”

Lima Floral wasn’t the only Peruvian spot on the list.  Newcomer Pachamama and their relaxed, party-friendly Peruvian vibe also won the hearts of the Time Out editors, earning five stars for their “fashionable-with-a-twist Peruvian cooking.”  Outside of Peru proper, it seems that London is very quickly becoming the go-to hub for the South American country’s cuisine, and diners don’t seem to mind.  Congrats to both teams.  We’ll be looking forward to more Peruvian in 2015.

Three Legends Weigh In On The Importance Of Street Food In Peru (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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By now, Lima is considered to be one of the leading cities for Latin American cuisine, sporting a team of chefs and restaurants that have conquered lists like the World’s 50 Best and Latin America’s 50 Best restaurants.  And while these temples of modern Peruvian cuisine do over an incredible new look into what the country has to offer, as well as what’s to come, it’s no secret that the best to be had in Lima is at street level.  From ceviches to anticuchos, choclo con queso and a whole variety of drinks, the street food scene is legendary, and respected by the humblest of clients, on up to Peru’s best chefs.  With such a diverse offering, choosing where to stop can be the most difficult part.  So, we turned to three of Peru’s most noted culinary figures, a pair of chefs and a culinary journalist, to find out why street food is so important, and what we shouldn’t be missing.

Even with his more than forty restaurants worldwide, if you talk to Gastón Acurio, you’ll find that his heart remains in the streets.  For Virgilio Martínez, street food remains as the path of discovery to what the people are eating.  And for Spanish critic Ignacio Medina, who was so wooed by the foods and culture of Peru many years ago that he up and moved to Lima, Peruvian street food paints a picture of the real Peru.  Below, find out what each thinks of the diverse offerings available not just in Lima, but throughout the country.  And, find out what each eat when they’re not enjoying the world-class restaurants that Lima is famous for. 

Virgilio Martínez’s Lima Floral Is A “Terrific Little Cabinet Of Curiosities” (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[The Independent]

[The Independent]

In a new review by London’s The Independent, writer John Walsh goes inside to see if Virgilio Martínez’s follow-up to his Michelin-starred Lima is up to snuff. The verdict is that, “although Lima Floral doesn’t have the same wow factor as Lima, it’s a terrific little cabinet of curiosities, startling new tastes, flavours – and terrific cocktails.”  Based on Martínez and his Venezuelan partners’ original plan for the restaurant, it sounds like everything is going according to plan.

Walsh, along with his wife, and apparently adventurous eater of a daughter, sampled a good portion of the menu, from dishes infused with leche de tigre to beef escabeche.  He describes mains as “gratifyingly simple” and “utterly fab,” terms we don’t often hear associated with Martínez’s typically complex, foraged dishes.  Regardless, at less than six months in, it sounds as though Martínez and his partners have another hit on their hands.