Peru named the World’s Leading Culinary Destination 2013
Last week Peru was named the World’s Leading Culinary Destination 2013 at the World Travel Awards in Doha, Qatar. This is the second year in a row that Peru has received this prestigious award.
The World Travel Awards are recognized around the globe as a top honor and celebrate countries, companies, and brands that push the boundaries of excellence in the travel industry. Each year travel agents worldwide vote for the nominees in several destination categories, including travel technology, transportation, cuisine and luxury.
This year the World Travel Awards celebrated its 20th anniversary.
France, Italy and Spain were among the nominees for the World’s Leading Culinary Destination award, but voters once again couldn’t resist the diverse flavors of Peruvian cuisine. Ceviche, aji de gallina and lomo saltado are among some of the country’s favorite dishes.
Peru’s most famous chef and culinary entrepreneur,Gaston Acurio, has opened several restaurants that serve local dishes and brought Peruvian cuisine to the attention of an international audience in recent years.
Every year Peru also hosts Mistura, a culinary festival held in Lima that’s the largest of its kind in South America. It’s a glowing example of the enormous pride the country holds for its gastronomic traditions.