Welcome to Lima, the foodie capital of South America! From the street carts selling spicy anticuchos to the fine dining restaurants serving the finest quality ceviche, the minute you step foot in this city, you’ll be immersed in the sights and smells of Peruvian gastronomy. To truly immerse yourself in the bustling foodie culture of this city, join Local Guide and professional chef Carlos on this authentic culinary adventure. Your day will start at the vibrant and busy Surquillo market where Carlos will lead you through, teaching you about the unique and fresh produce found in the area. After immersing yourself in this local market, the group will return to the beautiful hotel Runcu to put those fresh ingredients to good use. Once at the hotel, it's time to create and taste all the incredible flavors of Peruvian cuisine, starting with the national drink of Peru, pisco. Carlos will start the class by leading a pisco tasting, where you will learn the heritage behind this drink, and how different grapes influence the flavors of each type of pisco. With your newfound pisco knowledge, you’ll next get to make Peru’s beloved cocktail, the Pisco Sour. With your pisco sour in hand, you will then prepare the three staple dishes of Peruvian gastronomy: ceviche, causa, and lomo saltado. Carlos will be there teaching you everything from cooking techniques to secret professional tips to interesting facts about the dishes you are preparing. Then it's time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. An experience designed not only for your tastebuds but also to teach you about Peruvian culture and heritage, this class will leave you with an understanding of why food is so important to the city. Not to mention, you'll have plenty of recipes to impress your friends with when you get home!
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.