For director Patricia Perez, the Miami International Film Festival will mark the end of an epic year. Her first feature-length documentary, Finding Gastón (Buscando a Gastón), which centers around the life and work of acclaimed Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio, has already traveled around the world a couple of times. It premiered last March in Lima, Peru, and has since traveled to and won awards in San Sebastián, Spain, New York City, Washington D.C., and Berlin.
Courtesy Patricia Perez Chef Gastón Acurio hard at work
Her work has been a chance to enlighten the world not simply about the incredible cuisine that Peru continues to export, but the individuals that make each and every dish possible-the farmers, the chefs, the culinary students hungry to give back to their homeland. For Perez, the last year has been the realization of a dream that was nearly twenty years in the making.
Ahead of Finding Gastón's Miami premiere, we had a chance to catch up with Perez to find out a little more about the origins of the film, and just how much it means to her. Born almost entirely out of chance, Perez never intended to become a documentarian. However, the call of her native country and the chance to follow one of the world's greatest chefs on a mission to change lives eventually changed hers, too.More »