Author(s): Virgilio Martinez
The extraordinary cuisine of Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez, one of the most admired emerging talents in the culinary world This exquisite monograph from acclaimed Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez follows the innovative and exciting tasting menu at his signature restaurant, Central, in Lima. Organized by altitude, each chapter highlights recipes, food, and documentary photographs, together with personal essays. His journeys and life as a chef are motivated by his insatiable curiosity and passion for the biodiversity of his land. "At Central we cook ecosystems." -Virgilio Martinez
‘Altitude is the key to understanding Peru’s rich biodiversity and ancient agricultural heritage. It’s even the structuring principle of Virgilio Martínez’s menu: each dish is listed next to its elevation of origin … Martínez wants to impress upon patrons from all over the world the idea that Peruvian gastronomy has directly affected the course of civilization.’ – Wall Street Journal ‘Virgilio Martínez is redefining Peruvian cooking.’ – Food & Wine ‘It’s this forward-thinking approach to food that has helped catapult Virgilio Martínez to the top.’ – Forbes ‘Chef Virgilio Martínez played an integral role in raising the profile of Peruvian cuisine.’ – Guardian
Virgilio Martinez has cooked in restaurants around the world and in 2009, in Lima, he opened Central. In 2013 he debuted on the World's 50 Best list and in 2015 he reached #4 and was named the #1 chef in Latin America. He is the founder of Mater Iniciativa, which documents indigenous foods in Peru. In London, he runs the restaurants Lima and Lima Floral. He lives in Peru.