Cookbook Café hosts Flavours of Peru with chef Virgilio Martinez

This week sees the Cookbook Cafe at InterContinental London Park Lane host ‘Flavours of Peru’ – a week-long gourmet food festival celebrating contemporary Peruvian cuisine – in association with the Embassy of Peru.

Acclaimed chef Virgilio Martinez of Central restaurant in Lima will create the culinary festival that runs until October 23, bringing one of Peru’s most exciting restaurants to the capital.

‘Flavours of Peru’ at Cookbook Cafe will reflect the growing celebration of indigenous Peruvian cuisine and present dishes served by chef Martinez at Central, such as grouper tiradito with rocoto, tubers, naval avocado and chalaca; and hot ceviche of shrimp and seabass with charcoal and araza. The menu will be preceded by renowned Peruvian Pisco Sours, made with the fermented juice of different varieties of grapes.

Martinez – the man behind Central restaurant in Lima, which has received critical acclaim since opening in 2010 – is set to open his own restaurant in London next year, with a site earmarked in Shoreditch.

‘Flavours of Peru’ is part of an ongoing series of gourmet food festivals at the  Cookbook Cafe at InterContinental London Park Lane, designed to showcase leading chefs and exciting food regions to London.

Dinner will be à la carte and based on dishes from Central restaurant and lunch will be served on Cookbook Cafes market table, with a selection of more traditional dishes in the option of three starters, three main courses, and three desserts (priced at £30 for two courses, including a Pisco Sour, water, tea/ coffee.) Musical entertainment will accompany dinner, and the special weekend brunch.

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