My first memories are of my grandma’s voice in the kitchen saying things like, “don’t mix this with that!” or “you have to cook the cilantro very well or the flavors won’t come out.” From a very young age, I started cooking with her, which first began my love of cooking.
When I was 20 years old, I decided to move abroad to pursue a different passion, though: scuba diving. After living in Europe for a few years as a professional diver, I came back to Lima for a six month vacation. Coming home made me realize just how much I had missed the culture and heritage of Lima, and with Lima’s gastronomic scene beginning to grow, I decided to stick around and pursue my love of culinary arts. I started studying the Peruvian art of cooking, and eventually landed a few jobs working in some of Lima's finest restaurants. Eventually, I started working as a chef at the Hotel Runcu, where I also began hosting a few cooking classes and local market tours.
I loved having the opportunity to work closely with different people from around the world; I loved teaching my craft; and I loved sharing Peru with visitors. So I decided to pursue these tours full time, and have been ever since! Through my classes and through sharing the incredible cuisine of Peru, I hope to ultimately help people truly discover Peruvian culture. They say the best way to a person's heart is through their stomach, so I hope that through my Peruvian cooking classes, I can make you fall in love with my country.
Of course, my main passion is cooking, but my other love will always be the sea. Growing up I was always in close proximity to the sea, whether I was hanging out on the beach, making fresh ceviche with grandma, or going out for a swim. When I first learned how to scuba dive, I became addicted to the thrill of being 100 meters under water. My passion for diving has allowed me to explore some of the most interesting bodies of waters around the world and to see some incredible sights. I can easily say now that nothing quite compares to being up close with a dolphin!
While Peru is certainly my home, I would love to go back to Europe for a summer vacation. I would especially love to go to Spain, where I can relax on the lovely beaches, indulge in the incredible Spanish tapas, and, of course, enjoy some beautiful scuba diving along the Mediterranean.
Carlos was very nice and his English is excellent, but the tour itself didn't provide us with a unique experience or anything we didn't already know. He was unsure what a couple different fruits were that we were asking about and didn't know that coca leaves or any product made from them (candy, tea, etc.) is illegal to bring into the US or Europe (a warning to any travelers going back to those areas). He was a very friendly guide and was eager to show us around, but we really should have toured the market on our own for far less money.
July 17th, 2018 Report ⚐