When we think of Peruvian chefs, one of the first names that come to mind is that of Gastón Acurio, who was a pioneer in establishing the flavour of Peru far from its borders. In 1994, he opened a restaurant with his wife Astrid, from which they quickly opened branches in countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia and Spain.
This year, the famous chef celebrates the 25th anniversary of the opening of its most emblematic restaurant, the Astrid & Gastón has planned a series of events throughout the year.
As the first anniversary act, the restaurant hosted a dinner with 200 diners, in which Spanish chefs cooked dishes that mixed Spanish traditions. Spain was chosen due to the fact that Madrid hosted the first Astrid & Gastón outside of Peru. Gastón prepared marmihuela, a fusion between the Peruvian parihuela and the Basque marmitako; Joan Roca, from Celler de Can Roca, used black olives from Peru to prepare a gazpacho with salted fish from the Mediterranean; Albert Adrià, from Tickets, presented a Nikkei proposal with sea urchins from Marcona; and, Andoni Luis Aduriz, from Mugaritz, cooked lamb. Astrid and Jordi Roca were in charge of the desserts, where they also took several Peruvian and Spanish proposals to surprise the diners.
Although the official anniversary will not be until next July 14, throughout 2019 there will continue dinners with renowned chefs and different events, always for charity. At the first dinner, everything collected was to help the Pachacútec Foundation, which helps train young people with difficulties.