Gaston Acurio was born on October the 30th, 1967, Lima Peru. With a constant up-kicking passion for food he was drawn to every culinary corner that, back then, caught his attention, full filling his childhood with an undiscovered passion and desire to unveil Peru’s hidden wonder.
As he grew older, family tradition deceived him, and by the age of 18 he was hitting law school with no passion what so ever. Being a Chef in his country had no visible future. However, his desire was stronger, and against it all, he flew to Paris and began studying culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu, where he met his long time wife, Astrid Gutche. The trigger of the most amazing journey was bound to explode, with a culinary career and a hopeful soul, Astrid and Gaston came back to Peru to open what became the first door to the Peruvian culinary revolution: Astrid&Gaston (1994)
Initially very French orientated due to their former education, but Gaston soon found himself experimenting with Peruvian ingredients and taking inspiration from local traditions.
In 2009, the chef received the international award “Prince Claus of Holland” in the category "Collective Memories and Journalism" for his significant contribution in the field of culture and development. That same year, within the framework of Madrid Fusion, he was honored by the panel for defending the biodiversity of Peru and Latin America, and invited as a main speaker for the 2011 edition of Madrid Fusion.
In 2012 the restaurant was included as number 35 in the World's 50 Best Restaurants list and it is currently number one in Latin America.
With 33 restaurants around the world and many projects to complete, the Acurio organization has managed to achieve its longtime dream
Lima City has become the gastronomical capital of South America, and host of “Mistura” the greatest culinary festival in the region. Acurio led the festival organization for 3 years as president of APEGA (the Peruvian Gastronomy Society) receiving more than 200,000 people from around the world.
Gaston is the main supporter of the Pachacutec School of Cuisine constructed in one of the poorest areas in Lima, which provides underprivileged young people with an institute with leading instructors.
As a writer, he has published 20 books that are all national bestsellers. His publication “500 Años de Fusión” (500 Years of Fusion) was considered the best cookbook worldwide at the 2008 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Furthermore, Acurio has been the host of a weekly cable TV show “Aventura Culinaria” (Culinary Adventure) and reality shows "Master Chef" and “Cebiche con Sentimiento”.