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Watch These Outtakes and Interviews From Lat Am’s 50 Best (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Lat Am 50 Best]

[Lat Am 50 Best]

Okay.  After this, we won’t post anything about Latin America’s 50 Best until next year.  This new video is worth watching, though.

Before the winners were announced and the massive after party kicked off, Lat Am’s 50 Best caught up with some of the celebrated chefs to get a better idea of who they are.  Answers to questions like, “In the kitchen you are …,” and, “If you could be one ingredient, what would you be?” might surprise you.  Apparently Virgilio Martínez gets squeezed a lot, and Carolina Bazán is a bitch.  Who knew?

Virgilio Martínez’s Lima London Keeps Its Michelin Star For 2015 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger


Although it seems like only yesterday that we were freaking out about Virgilio Martínez getting his first-ever Michelin Star as part of a big year that included his inclusion on the World’s 50 Best list, the 2015 UK Michelin Guide has been released, and good news remains the same.  Martínez’s London-based Lima has kept its Michelin star, leaving the chef as one of a very small handful of Peruvians to hold such a title.  This morning via social media, Martínez congratulated his whole team, as well as the team from his new venture Lima Floral, for all of their hard work.  Although they claim Lima Floral is even more casual than Lima is supposed to be, we’ll be eager to see if the team can earn a duo of stars in next year’s guide.

Recap: Mistura / Qaray, Day 3

By Patrick Hieger

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Be sure and check in tomorrow when we do a full recap of the shit show in Lima that has comprised Latin America’s 50 Best, inaugurating Mistura, Qaray, the Roca brothers everywhere, Gastón making his retirement official on stage, and a whole lot more.  It’s been a rough seven days.  For now, read the highlights of yesterday’s close to Qaray, which had as strong an opening as day one, and a few treats throughout the day.

Day three was a reminder that the humble artisan, the craftsman, and the small producer are what should be making the culinary world move ahead.  Sure, chefs are great, but without the butcher, the baker and the chocolate cake maker, some of the best chefs and their restaurants might not be as good.  And get ready for grasshopper vinegar.

Below, the hits:

Here’s Peru’s Top Chefs Telling You Why To Come To Mistura (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Apega]

[Apega]

As of today, Mistura is officially three weeks away from opening its seventh, and what promises to be its most interesting, edition.  That’s still enough time to get a good deal on a plane ticket, find a hotel, and plan out one of the most serious weeks of eating you could ever hope to experience.  Still need convincing on why you should come?  Why not take it from some of the country’s top chefs like Mitsuharu Tsumura, Jaime Pesaque, Gastón Acurio, and a few others, as to just what the festival has in store and why you should be there.  Tsumura himself says, “Every year we enter with one idea of what Peru is, and we leave with another.”  Trust us, these guys know what they’re talking about.  We’ll see you at Mistura.

Watch Virgilio Martínez Cook At Azurmendi (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Bilbao Ekintza]

[Bilbao Ekintza]

With the amount that the world’s leading chefs travel these days, it’s near impossible to keep up with their every move.  Virgilio Martínez was, however, over in Spain back in May for a special dinner at Azurmendin with Eneko Atxa.  The globetrotting Peruvian chef brought the flavors of his homeland across the Atlantic for a one-night only dinner in which the best of the Basque country came together with Peru.  In this quick short, watch Martínez plate his famous “altitudes” from across Peru with extreme precision, as guests look in from Azurmendi’s beautiful surroundings.  Who knows, maybe Martínez will end up in your neck of the the woods next.

Lima Floral’s First Review Is In, And It’s A Good One (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Time Out London]

[Time Out London]

Though hip new Lima Floral in London’s Covent Garden hasn’t been open but a handful of days, Time Out London has already put pen to paper to give the restaurant its first rating.  For their expansion and simplification of the flavors that can be found at the Michelin-starred Lima London, Time Out gives Lima Floral five stars right off the bat.  Though this could seem a bit shocking, even for a team whose chef, Virgilio Martínez, has been winning awards left and right this year.  Really, though, nothing that Martínez touches seems to become anything other than instant gold.

In just under four years, his Lima-based Central has risen to gain the number 15 spot on the list of the World’s 50 Best.  In well under two years, Lima London earned its first Michelin star.  And now, newly opened and supposedly simpler than either of the two aforementioned restaurants, Lima Floral gets an immediate five-star rating.  We could very well be looking at the new world’s best chef taking shape before our eyes. 

Watch Virgilio Martínez Talk About His Past As A (Near) Pro Skateboarder (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Slide Skateboarding]

[Slide Skateboarding]

Did you know that prior to becoming a Michelin-starred chef Virgilio Martínez had a reasonably successful past as a skateboarder?  Eventually the culinary world became his path, but you can still catch video clips–even today–of the chef busting out a 360 flip or some other remnant of his not-so-distant past that could have led him in a much different direction.  In this interview at one of Lima’s classic rock and roll bars, now called Hensley, watch Martínez talk about growing up in Lima as a skater, how the creativity of the sport played a huge role in his formation as a chef and, once it’s all said and done, land a couple pretty solid tricks.  There’s much more to these chefs than meets the eye.

Lima Floral Officially Opened Today In London (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Sauce Communications]

[Sauce Communications]

The eagerly-awaited follow-up to Virgilio Martínez’s Michelin-starred Lima London, dubbed Lima Floral, officially opened its doors to the public today in London’s Covent Garden district.  A continuation to the already popular, though still exotic cuisine of Peru, Lima Floral will combine dishes from Lima, as well as new dishes incorporating many of the discoveries made in conjunction with Martínez’s Mater Iniciativa project in Peru.  As we’ve mentioned before, the space is divided in two, with a main “formal” dining room that accepts reservations, as well as a Pisco and tapas bar that will be walk-in only.  Lima Floral is located at 14 Garrick Street in London.  Reservations can be made via their website.  For more information, read the full press release here