Diego Munoz - chef at Astrid Y Gaston in Lima - has released a new set of images depicting his latest tasting menu creation at the restaurant.
Munoz has worked as head chef at Astrid Y Gaston for three years but was thrust into the spotlight earlier this year when owner Gaston Acurio officially retired from working at the restaurant, saying: “I knew that one day it would all overwhelm me and new battles were going to come and it was the time to find a young, talented, committed chef with the same passion that I had 20 years ago, Diego was the guy… I wanted Diego to lead everything.”
Munoz is a chef with a wealth of experience and some of the deepest technical understanding in any kitchen in Peru, proven with dishes that present unknown ingredients with perfect execution. One dish - which sees perfectly soft eggs encased inside a crusty fried shell immediately releasing their yolk at the stroke of a knife - shows this perfectly.
Interestingly the menu starts with sweet treats that mimic the afternoin desserts often enjoyed when children in Peru return from school. There's also a number of interesting cocktails pairings in the menu created by the bar manager Aaron Diaz
Take a look at some of the dishes below and see the full gallery on the chef’s Facebook page.
Sweets to Start
Cocktail in Ice
Apple with Urchin