On Monday 4 March, Prince Carl Philip presented the White Guide Global Gastronomy Award to Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio at the White Guide Gala, which was held at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm.
The White Guide presented the White Guide Global Gastronomy Award for the seventh year. The award is presented to an international chef or other gastronomic figure who is actively involved in contemporary gastronomy, and who acts as an example and a source of inspiration.
This year's winner, Gastón Acurio, was recognised for his forward-looking local gastronomy. The jury's motivation was as follows:
"For having developed a rich and forward-looking local gastronomy — la Cocina Novoandina — which obtains traditional and new ingredients from the depths of the Pacific, the heights of the Andes and the jungles of the Amazon, with the potential to solve many of our health and food provision issues, as well as for his great involvement in the catering training of poor South American youngsters."
Gastón opened the restaurant Astrid & Gastón in Lima in 1994. Today, the restaurant is ranked number 35 in the list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants.
Gastón now runs more than 30 restaurants in South America, the USA and Europe. He also runs the Pachacútec Culinary School for young Peruvians from poor backgrounds, giving them the opportunity to have a future.
Find out more about Gastón Acurio here.