Celebrated Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez leads, with his wife Pia León, Restaurant Central, considered the best restaurant in Latin America and set a benchmark over 15 years ago when it opened in Lima, a sparkling place for those who want to eat well. . Martinez played a significant role in Peru’s rise to power in the world of cuisine. At times, the country has become as recognizable for its restaurants and culinary culture as other countries with higher traditions at the table, such as Spain or Italy. Today any country would like to become the new Peru, including Portugal.
In the latest edition of the top 50 (currently the most important award in gastronomy) on the Latin American continent, Central, located in the charming Barranco district of the Peruvian capital, was named the most influential restaurant of the last decade. the one that was most at the top of the list and helped the world realize that there is life outside of European cuisines. Central was one of those restaurants that decentralized the axis of the haute cuisine world, so it’s Eurocentric. “Latin America is the world’s largest storehouse,” he says, “of foods like tomatoes, potatoes and coffee that have become so popular all over the world. Martinez’s name may not be the most popular, but the work he designs influences (directly or indirectly) much of what is done today in restaurants around the world.
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