IDB honors renowned Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio

14:13 | Washington D.C. (U.S.), May. 28.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced that the celebrated Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio was recognized with the Cátedra Enrique V. Iglesias of Culture and Development.

This award was created by the organization to distinguish those who have excelled in their work of promoting the progress of Latin America and the Caribbean through the arts and culture.

With a long history as chef and owner of dozens of restaurants, Acurio has managed to position the Peruvian cuisine in the world.

"Gaston Acurio is a reflection of the potential that the Orange Economy has in Latin America and the Caribbean and how through something so typical in our culture, such as food, can enhance the economic and social development of a country," stated Trinidad Zaldivar, Unit Chief of Creativity and Culture at the IDB.

For these reasons, Acurio was selected by the committee of the Cátedra, which is composed by the former President of the IDB, Enrique V. Iglesias; the Minister of Culture and Youth of Costa Rica, Sylvie Duran Salvatierra; the Peruvian-American writer, Marie Arana; and the President of Miami Dade College, Eduardo Padron. 

Writers Eliana Poniatowska and Nelida Piñon, among others, have received this recognition in previous years.

Acurio, in addition to owning some of the best and most popular restaurants in the world, such as Astrid y Gaston, created the television program called "The Culinary Adventure" and is author of books, such as "Peru: The Cookbook" and "Buenazo," among others. 

Furthermore, he is recognized for his work promoting the native identity of Peru, by rescuing the culinary culture and social integration through gastronomy. Acurio received his award on May 21st at the main auditorium of the IDB in Washington, D.C.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region. The IDB is the leading source of multilateral financing for Latin America and the Caribbean.


Published: 5/28/2019