Welcome to Lima, the foodie capital of South America! The minute you step foot in this city, you’ll be tantalized by the sights and smells of Peruvian flavors, from the street carts selling spicy anticuchos to the fine dining restaurants serving the finest quality ceviche. Now you can truly immerse yourself in this foodie haven by learning how to make the staples of Peruvian cuisine with professional chef Carlos.
During this class, you’ll learn how to make three of the most important Peruvian dishes. First, you’ll start with Lima’s famous ceviche, which consists of delicate slices of raw fresh fish marinated in lime juice, garlic, and aji. Next, you will prepare a causa, which is mashed and seasoned yellow potatoes, filled with a tasty stuffing of tomato, avocado, olives, and for this class, quinoa-battered fish. Finishing the meal you will cook a classic lomo saltado, a traditional Peruvian beef stir-fry. Throughout the class, Carlos will explain the ingredients, tradition, and history behind each dish so you can understand why they are so important to Peruvian culture.
The class also includes a tasting of Peru’s national drink: pisco. You will try three different piscos and experience how the grapes influence the flavors. With your new found pisco knowledge you’ll also get to make Peru’s beloved cocktail, the pisco sour. With the drink in hand as you cook, there’s no need to feel nervous about doing it right or wrong; it’s all about having fun!
After you're done with your cooking and mixology, your delicious meal will be ready and you'll get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Dining in true Peruvian style, you'll feast as a group, enjoying each others' company just as much as the food itself! With your taste buds happy and your bellies full, you will leave with both a newfound understanding of Peru's passion for food and a few great recipes to impress your friends back home with!
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.