|All photos by Sara Ventiera|
|The Peruvian Demigod Gastón Acurio|
At least once a year there is a new national cuisine that makes it ways into the larger global culinary scene. Some kind of drift in and quickly fizzle out. Others tend to make a larger impact on food culture for the long term. Peruvian cuisine had been kind of a big deal for a while now and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Much of that has to do with the work of the guy pictured above: Gastón Acurio, the official Ambassador of Peruvian food.
Pervuian foodies would've have had a freak out at Pescado & Pisco on the Rooftop at the Betsy
: the Almighty of Peruvian cuisine was drinking Pisco Sours, chopping away at fresh fish in the flesh, and alluding to his newest venture: which just happens to be located in Miami.
|Victorino Lopez of La Mar in New York with Diego Oka of La Mar, San Francisco|
From 5 to 6:30 p.m., Gastón, his crew, and the students of FIU churned out dish after dish of ceviche. More of a tasting than a demonstration, the event exhibited some interesting combinations to what now has become a common dish. The evening began with long lines waiting to sample the traditional fish ceviche and the Asian-inspired tuna nikkei. Lines grew even longer as the chefs rolled out lobster, shrimp and calamari, and scallop with sea urchin ceviche options.
|The scallop ceviche with sea urchin|
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