He's known as Peru's food ambassador and one of the best chefs in the world. So when Gaston Acurio points to the food trends he thinks will be big in 2014 the world should definitely listen.
The acclaimed chef thinks we'll see street foods take the spotlight in the coming year, according to Peruvian publication El Comercio. He specificied food trucks and farmer's markets as the two biggest vehicles young chefs will use to gain a foothold in the industry.
"What's going to happen in 2014 is that many people, especially young people, will open restaurants inside [farmer's] markets because there is a big audience," the chef told El Comercio. Farmer's markets, he said, are a great opportunity for trained chefs to offer diners "a magical expericence" for less than what they'd pay at a traditional restaurant.
Acurio also said he hopes food trucks in Peru will gain the respect he's seen in cities like New York and Paris. "In some places people still think eating ceviche in the street could be dangerous but that's changing and, fortunately, food trucks are part ouf our identity.''
Street food has definitely seen a surge of popularity in 2013 with chefs like José Andrés debuting their own food trucks. Do you think food trucks and farmer's markets will soar in 2014? Tell us in the comments below.
Pictured above: Gaston Acurio (center) with farmers