Top chefs head for Peru’s mega food show Mistura

Australian chefs Peter Gilmore and Dan Hunter are heading for Peru in September for the country’s annual gourmet show, Mistura. Now in its fifth year, Mistura 2012 will be the largest to date, according to organisers Apega, the Peruvian Society of Gastronomy.

Chocolate will naturally be a star at Mistura 2012

It will be held at the Campo de Marte (Champ de Mars) in Lima from September 7-18. Fittingly held in Lima, a city winning global praise and attention for its culinary offering, the event gathers together the best chefs from around the world and aims for 500,000 visitors for a celebration of food.

Gilmore and Hunter will be participating alongside Peru’s leading chefs, including Gaston Acurio, Mitsuharu Tsumura and Rafael Osterling, as well as other culinary luminaries including: Massimo Bottura of Italy’s La Osteria Francescana; Alain Ducasse, known for his incomparable French cuisine and innovative dining concepts; Maxime Billet, co-author of Modernist Cuisine, considered by many as the new benchmark in the understanding of cooking; Joan Roca from three Michelin Star restaurant El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain; Carme Ruscalleda, the world’s only five-Michelin-starred female chef.

There will be more foodie products and services on offer than ever before, with 54 restaurants, 70 food carts and 16 rustic kitchens on site. Holy cow! Dedicated themed corners celebrating some of Peru’s best produce will also be featured including Pisco, bread, chocolate and coffee.  There will also be conferences and seminars throughout the event.

Organic quinoa from the Andes will be showcased at Mistura

Mistura will celebrate Andean grain at this year’s show, making the farmer one of the stars of the festival. The country’s rich biodiversity and wealth will be highlighted by more than 350 producers from the most remote parts of Peru. Over 200 outlets from more than 20 regions of Peru will be selling traditional products such as quinoa, kiwichas, caihua and native potatoes.

This annual event, organised by the Peruvian Society of Gastronomy, highlights the very best of Peru’s identity.  It brings together key players of national and international cuisine to promote and celebrate Peru’s unique and booming gastronomy.  Mistura 2012 is aiming to attract a record 500,000 visitors to try the products and attend cultural and gastronomic events and lectures with keynote speakers, cooking demonstrations, cultural performances and dances.

Peruvian dancing will be on display for visitors

Mistura guarantees a 100% biodegradable food service and Good Management Practices (GMP) to ensure food safety.

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