Gastón Acurio is a renowned chef, writer, businessman, and a principal promoter of the Peruvian culinary arts. In 2005 he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by América Economía magazine. He has received worldwide recognition for beginning a revolution that celebrates Peruvian cuisine.
During his stay in Paris he met his wife, Astrid, who is German by birth, but fascinated by Peruvian culture. While they both were pursuing their careers as chefs, Gaston and Astrid decided to make a life for themselves in Peru. So, in 1994 they opened the restaurant bearing their names, which was one of the first restaurants to feature Peruvian haute cuisine.
It has been over 17 years since Astrid&Gastón first opened their doors in Lima. Their efforts over this time have borne fruit, and in 2012 their restaurant was included at the number 35 spot in the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, the most prestigious ranking in the industry.
As a result of all these years of hard work, in 2009, the chef was bestowed with a Prince Claus Award in the “Collective Memories and Journalism” category for his significant contribution to the interaction between culture, nature and new ideas. That same year, within the framework of the Madrid Fusión “gastrofestival,” he was honored by the panel for being a defender of biodiversity in Peru and Latin America. Peruvian cuisine has grown exponentially in recent years, making the city of Lima the gastronomic capital of South America, and host to Mistura, the biggest food festival in the region. Acurio has headed the festival’s organization for three years as president of Peruvian Gastronomic Association (APEGA).