Food | July 1, 2011 [ 14:28 ]
Peru's Mistura to be culinary hub with arrival of 8 international chefsLivinginPeru.com
Peru will become a magnet for the Latin American and international culinary world in September. Nine of the best chefs in the world, the G9, will arrive in Lima during the Mistura fair, organizers said at a press conference held Thursday at the Sheraton Hotel.
Ferran Adrià (Spain), Dan Barber (USA), Heston Blumenthal (England), Michel Bras (France), Alex Atala (Brazil), Rene Redzepi (Denmark), Yukio Hattori (Japan), Massimo Bottura (Italy) and Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio will work on what is being called the Lima Declaration: "a discourse that embraces the chefs of the world."
Peru will host the fourth edition of the Mistura food fair September 9 to 18, deemed the most spectacular of its editions. "Lima will attract the attention of Latin America and the rest of the world," said Efe Mariano Valderrama, president of the Peruvian Society of Gastronomy (Apega), the organizing entity of Mistura.
An influx of 300,000 people (100,000 more than last year) is expected. Given the large attendance, ticket pre-sale starts today through Teleticket nationwide. Prices are 15 soles for adults and 8 soles for children. In addition, there is a discount of 3 soles for Monday and Tuesday tickets. After the pre-sale, tickets will cost 20 soles for adults. Moreover, prices of the dishes will range between 6 and 12 soles.
The star product of this fourth edition will be Peruvian fruit and guests will taste over 85 varieties, including the exotic copoazú, whose seed is used to make white chocolate.
Special emphasis has been placed on promoting regional cuisine. The fair will include the participation of renowned restaurants from Ayacucho, Piura, Cañete, Tacna, Huaraz, Arequipa and San Martin, reports Andina.
Additionally, there will be 72 carts specializing in traditional desserts, coffee and chocolate as well as five Peruvian luxury restaurants that will offer a menu at an affordable price.
There will also be competitions for promising young Peruvians chefs, with prizes for best chefs, pastry chefs, and a prize recognizing the best producers of fruits with the "golden rocoto," an emblem shaped like a pepper.