Casa Moreyra (Perú)
Gastón Acurio is a chef, writer, businessman, and promoter of Peruvian cuisine. During the late 80´s he attended law school. However, his passion for food was stronger, so he decided to leave college and began studying culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. During his time in Paris he met his German-born wife Astrid and in 1994 they founded the restaurant Astrid&Gastón and with it, one of the first restaurants of Peruvian haute cuisine.
Initially very French orientated due to their training, Gastón soon found himself experimenting with Peruvian ingredients and taking inspiration from local traditions. In 2012 Astrid&Gastón was included as number 35 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and in 2013 it went up to 14th of the same list. With 47 restaurants in 12 countries, the Acurio Organization is leading the Peruvian culinary revolution.
At the beginning of 2013, after being 20 years in the first local, at Miraflores district, Astrid & Gastón moved to Casa Moreyra, a ranch house built during the eighteenth century. At the end of 2013, Gastón gives full authority over this restaurant to its head chef Diego Muñoz.
Acurio is the primary supporter of the culinary instruction institution: Pachacutec School, located in one of the poorest areas in Lima. This school provides underprivileged young people across the region a place to study their craft under industry leading professionals as they pursue their culinary careers.
Acurio has authored and published 20 national best-sellers in Peru. One of his latest publications, 500 Años de Fusión (500 Years of Fusion) was voted the best cookbook worldwide at the 2008 Gourmand “World Cookbook Awards.”