In an interview with Spanish news agency EFE, the Peruvian chef revealed he has plans to open a slew of gourmet fast food restaurants. The chef said he feels a “social responsibility” to feed many people and not just the few that can afford to visit fancy restaurants. “There’s just no excuse for not having artisanal fast food at a good price,’’ he explained.
Acurio is the latest Michelin-starred chef to join the fast food bandwagon. Most recently, California chefs Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi announced they are opening a fast food restaurant called loco'lwith menu items selling for $6 or less. Earlier this year, José Andrés also revealed plans to establish his own chain of fast food restaurants.
Acurio said he firmly believes a great number of chefs will diversify their restaurant empires to include affordable and healthy fast food options in years to come.