One of the first things I was taught in school about Peru's geography was the beauty of its three main geographical areas; the coast, the mountains and the jungle; la costa, la sierra y la selva. Here you can find many treasures that are blessed with a wide variety of climates and soils to grow many ingredients.
For Vogue Paris April 2013, guest star and photographer Mario Testino took us to his homeland to see the history, culture and beauty of Peru. Vogue Paris discovered the best restaurants, bars and shops from the beaches of Lima to the historical Cuzco, as well as the breath-taking scenery that plays a huge part in the country's identity.
Lomo Saltado is one of Peru's most loved dishes. Every household in Peru makes it and so do many restaurants. Every mum and aunt in Peru has their own recipe which differs from each other. Some make it with red wine instead of vinegar, others add beer, but like all our dishes, its all about great ingredients and flavours.
I have a great respect and appreciation bought about by my ancestral indigenous heritage which worshipped Mother Earth: Pacha Mama. As a cook and restaurateur, Mother Earth is tied to my life like the most fulfilling umbilical cord, supplying me with the most beautiful produce and ingredients which help me live, work and feed others.
Peru's president, Ollanta Humala, visited a remote town in the Amazon last month and was handed a letter written by a veritable smorgasbord of local authorities voicing their concern about the problems facing them.
Ironically, today's 'Mashco-Piro' are believed to be the descendants of indigenous people slaughtered and driven out of their homes by a rubber mogul named Carlos Fermin Fitzcarrald in the late 19th century. Guess who almost played Fitzcarrald in a 1980s film by Werner Herzog and even shot a few scenes in Peru? Mick Jagger.