South American country Peru has made history in the realm of culinary excellence by securing the top position on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Central, a Peruvian restaurant, has emerged as the best restaurant in the world, showcasing the growing influence and recognition of Peruvian gastronomy globally. This momentous achievement highlights the country's rising status and empowerment in the culinary world.
Accompanying Central's triumph, three other outstanding Peruvian restaurants have also earned well-deserved spots on the prestigious list: Maido (ranked 6th), Kjolle (ranked 28th), and Mayta (ranked 47th). Their inclusion further exemplifies the depth and breadth of Peru's culinary talent.
The World's 50 Best Restaurants ranking was established in 2002. The selection process involves a carefully audited voting system, with the participation of a panel comprising over a thousand renowned gastronomy experts.
“It was only a matter of time before the cuisine of Peru garnered these important accolades. The Peruvian restaurants among the world’s 50 best, are a testament to the ingenuity and culinary excellence of Peruvian chefs, and to the melting pot of traditions that are at the base of Peruvian cuisine, which blends our ancient roots with influences from all continents”, said Peru Ambassador to India, Javier Paulinich.
Peru's gastronomy holds significant allure for international visitors, serving as a key motivator for travel to the country. Those drawn by its culinary offerings tend to exhibit higher levels of expenditure and extend their stays, making a positive impact on Peru's tourism industry.
Projections indicate that by 2023, approximately 300,000 foreign tourists will be driven by the desire to indulge in Peru's gastronomic delights, highlighting the enduring appeal and reputation of its culinary scene.