Peru gets culinary recognition

8th Oct 2012

Peru has been named as the country in South America with the best culinary delights on offer.

It saw off strong competition from the likes of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela for the accolade, presented by the World Travel Awards.

The awards were set up to celebrate all sectors of the tourism industry across the world, and while Peru may have been named as winner in the Caribbean and the Americas section, it will have to wait until December to find out if it has won a worldwide culinary award.

Peruvian cuisine has been shaped by a number of influences over the years, including input from Spain, Africa, China and Italy.

Each region in Peru also has a dish for which it is famous - from the rice, fowl and goat dishes in the northern coastal regions to the potato, sweetcorn, chilli pepper and guinea pig of the Andes.

Maria del Carmen de Reparaz, director of tourism promotion for Peru, said: "We're delighted and honoured to have been recognised with such an accolade.

"Peruvian food combines authentic ingredients from the nation's highlands, jungles and coastline together with culinary influences from Europe, the Far East and Africa, and fully deserves its reputation as a gastronomic superpower."

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