Is Peruvian food the next big thing?

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This week the capital is going crazy over Peruvian food thanks to the Cookbook Cafe at InterContinental London Park Lane’s  ‘Flavours of Peru’  – a week-long gourmet food festival celebrating contemporary Peruvian cuisine, in association with the Embassy of Peru.

Acclaimed chef Virgilio Martinez of Central restaurant in Lima is the man behind the culinary festival that runs until October 23. The 31 year old is currently chef patron of Central restaurant in Lima, which has received critical acclaim since opening in 2010. Before opening in his home city, Virgilio worked in notable kitchens in New York, London, Singapore, and Spain. Next year he is set to open his own restaurant in London, with a site earmarked in Shoreditch.

‘Flavours of Peru’ at Cookbook Cafe will showcase Peruvian dishes such as grouper tiradito with rocoto, tubers, naval avocado and chalaca and hot ceviche of shrimp and seabass with charcoal and araza. The menu will be preceded by renowned Peruvian Pisco Sours, made with the fermented juice of different varieties of grapes.

Dinner will be à la carte and based on dishes from Central restaurant and lunch will be served on Cookbook Cafes market table, with a selection of more traditional dishes in the option of three starters, three main courses, and three desserts (priced at £30 for two courses, including a Pisco Sour, water, tea/ coffee.) Musical entertainment will accompany dinner, and the special weekend brunch.

To make a reservation call 020 7318 8563, email visit


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