Peru's Plans for Global (Foodie) Conquest

Watch out Mexico, China and Thailand, the next big thing in world cuisine may just come out of the Andes

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Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio works in his kitchen

Gastón Acurio is a name the foodie cognoscenti will recognize. Though not quite a popular brand name like Mario Batali or Bobby Flay or Alain Ducasse, the Peruvian chef has created destination restaurants in the otherwise gray city of Lima that gourmands flock to whenever they can, eschewing the tourist havens of Machu Picchu and Cuzco. Hailed as the "next superchef" by some magazines, Acurio now has his eyes set on global conquest. His goal: to make Peruvian cuisine as familiar around the world as Mexican, Chinese and Thai.

He established a bridgehead outside Latin America in September,...

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