Peruvian superstar chef Gastón Acurio has traveled the world with Ferran Adrià and made ceviche a household name around the world. His restaurant empire stretches from Latin America to Euope and now the chef has one more accolade to his name: the Global Gastronomy Award 2013.
Acurio received this high honor in a ceremony in Stockholm this week during which he was handed his prize by none other than Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, according to Peru This Week.
The Global Gastronomy Awarded is awarded by the Sweden's White Guide, which ranks the country's 250 best restaurants and chefs who have left their culinary mark in the world. Previous recipients have included Adrià, René Redzepi and David Chang.
The jury said Acurio received the award ''for having developed a rich and forward-looking local gastronomy - la Cocina Novoandina - which obtains traditional and new ingredients from the depths of the Pacific, the heights of the Andes, and the jungles of the Amazon, with a potential to solve many of our health and food provision issues, as well as for his great involvement in the catering training of poor South American youngsters.''
Aside from being part of the G-9 gastro summit, Acurio's accomplishments include a filming Perú Sabe, a documentary about young Peruvians who are studying gastronomy and turning to food as a means of social change.
Acurio recently opened a traditional Peruvian restaurant in Barcelona called Tanta. His flagship restaurant Astrid & Gastón ranks 35th in the World´s 50 Best Restaurants List, which is sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.
WATCH: Interview with Gastón Acurio, Peruvian Food Hero