Peruvian Food is the Next Frontier

Katie Robbins

Gastón Acurio is often called the global ambassador of Peruvian cuisine. After all, this is the man who owns 39 restaurants in 12 countries and counting, and shares his native flavors with the world, from Madrid to Miami.

But flashback 20 years, when a young Acurio, fresh from culinary school in Paris, returned home to Lima. “France still [had] a huge influence [on] fine dining,” recalls Acurio. “You were trying to be a French chef...