The IDB honors Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio

The ambassador of Peruvian cuisine will deliver the Cátedra Enrique Iglesias of Culture and Development on May 21, 2019.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced today that the chef Gastón Acurio was recognized with the Cátedra Enrique V. Iglesias of Culture and Development. This award was created by the organization to distinguish those who have excelled in their work of promoting the progress of Latin America and the Caribbean through the arts and culture.

With a long history as chef and owner of dozens of restaurants, Acurio has managed to position the Peruvian cuisine in the world. “Gastón Acurio is a reflection of the potential that the Orange Economy has in Latin America and the Caribbean and how through something so typical in our culture, such as food, can enhance the economic and social development of a country,” stated Trinidad Zaldívar, Unit Chief of Creativity and Culture at the IDB.

For these reasons, Acurio was selected by the committee of the Cátedra, which is composed by the former president of the IDB, Enrique V. Iglesias; the Minister of Culture and Youth of Costa Rica, Sylvie Durán Salvatierra; the Peruvian-American writer, Marie Arana and the president of Miami Dade College, Eduardo Padrón. This recognition has been received in previous years by the writers Eliana Poniatowska and Nélida Piñón, among others.

Acurio, in addition to owning some of the best and most popular restaurants in the world, such as Astrid y Gastón, created the television program called “The Culinary Adventure” and is author of books, such as “Peru: The Cookbook” and “Buenazo”, among others. Furthermore, he is recognized for his work promoting the native identity of Peru, by rescuing their culinary culture and social integration through gastronomy. Acurio will receive his award on May 21st at the main auditorium of the IDB in Washington, D.C.


Gastón Acurio at the Cátedra Enrique V. Iglesias of Culture and Development


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