Astrid & Gastón celebrated 25 years since the restaurant in Lima first opened its doors in characteristic style on 13 July with an S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna sponsored event with a phenomenal line-up of guest chefs for "Una Cena Unica" or a "unique dinner."
Massimo Bottura, Alain Ducasse, Mauro Colagreco, David Muñoz, Mitsuharu Tsumura, Virgilio Martinez and Pia Leon joined owners Gastón Acurio and Astrid Gutsche for a night of memorable fun and comradeship at the restaurant's home inCasa Moreyra, a magnificent San Isidro hacienda with over 300 years of history .
A menu of 14 steps, 3000 preparations, 3000 dishes, 2500 glasses and 5000 pieces of cutlery, 10 types of wine, 75 people on duty and more than 80 chefs are just some of the figures behind the one off dinner of phenomenal proportions, all in aid of The Pachacútec Foundation in 2007, the cooking institute founded by Gaston Acurio providing training to young people with limited economic resources.
The night was an occasion to taste the culinary talent of the accumulated culinary greats. Alain Ducasse showcased the best of France with a selection of cheeses and champagne, Massimo Bottura, his famous crunchy lasagna, Virgilio Martinez and Pia Leon a tribute to the Andes with their tubers and the chuncho cocoa from Chahuares.
COOK LIKE DAVID MUNOZ!
For those that weren't able to attend the special night - you can taste the night with three Michelin starred Spanish chef David Muñoz of DiverXO's incredible recipe for creamy suck of shrimp with black garlic butter, cream of acidulce chilies and XO sauce. Click here for the recipe.
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