Gastón Acurio Chef, Peru

The Power of Food

Gastón Acurio is a Peruvian chef and ambassador of Peruvian cuisine. He is the owner of international restaurants and author of several books. In Peru, he’s also the host of his own television program and contributes to several magazines.

Gaston studied law (expecting to succeed his father in a political career) in Lima then Madrid, but dropped out to learn how to cook, enrolling at first an hotelier school in Spain then le Cordon Bleu in Paris. In 1994, he returned to Peru and applied his new knowledge of international cuisine to Peruvian ingredients and recipes, opening his first restaurant, Astrid & Gastón. Today, together with his wife Astrid, he owns restaurants across the world and is considered a hero in his country.

At the first MAD, he spoke about how food can transform communities.

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