A Journey to Peru: The Best Restaurant in Latin America

The low hum of chatter from fine diners lofts high above the soft lighting and easy-going ambience found within the walls of this iconic restaurant, voted No. 1 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013. Owner and celebrity chef Gastón Acurio and his wife, Astrid, have been cooking up brilliant Peruvian dishes together at Astrid … Explore More

Chef Narisawa’s Secret Ingredient

With his eponymous restaurant Narisawa ranked No. 1 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 and coming in at No. 2 on the list in 2014, Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa has crafted the perfect culinary glue that binds nature and people together in food-loving harmony. Paired with his thoughtful selection of ingredients, he has developed a unique … Explore More

The Brothers Three: El Celler de Can Roca

The Roca Brothers have shaken the culinary community with their avant garde approach to cuisine which nevertheless remains “faithful to the memory of different generations of the family’s ancestors dedicated to feeding people.” Three diverse skills meet at the legendary El Celler de Can Roca, a restaurant that in eight years time rose to the … Explore More

Celebrating the Newest Class of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Diners Club International interviews Virgilio Martinez of Central in Lima, Peru – No. 14 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 list The World’s 50 Best Restaurants were crowned last week, with NOMA in Copenhagen, Denmark, edging out last year’s first place winner, El Celler de Can Roca from Girona, Spain, to regain this highly coveted spot. … Explore More

Chef-Innovator Henderson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Some take the road less traveled and this year’s Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award winner is no exception. Fergus Henderson, the founding partner of one of the United Kingdom’s most influential restaurants, St. John, and a UK culinary patriarch, has captured admirers from across the globe with his unconventional ‘head-to-tail’ dining. Henderson’s contribution to the … Explore More

Chef Ivan Li: Heir to An Imperial Chinese Legacy

Chef Li Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Last week, the Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 was announced. The winner: Ivan Li (Li Xiao Lin), Executive Chef and co-owner of Family Li Imperial Cuisine. Chef Li has made his mark on the culinary world, drawing inspiration from recipes recorded by his great-grandfather, Li Shunqing, who oversaw the imperial … Explore More

Gastón Acurio Talks Global Dining Trends

“Chefs used to believe that our world ended in the restaurant. The reality is that the world starts in the restaurant.” With this statement, Chef Gastón Acurio kicked off his commentary on how the global community of chefs has evolved during an interview with Diners Club International® President Eduardo Tobon just ahead of the Latin … Explore More

Exploring Chef Gastón Acurio’s Restaurants in Lima

Astrid y Gastón & Tanta Plaques

  This week, Diners Club International® is in Lima, Peru, for the inaugural Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards being announced this evening. Lima is hometown to famed chef and Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award winner Gastón Acurio. What better preparation for this gastronomic adventure than to highlight some of Acurio’s very own local restaurants? … Explore More

Felicitaciones Chef Gastón Acurio! Ambassador of Peruvian Cuisine

Dedication, passion, and love of his native Peru’s rich culinary tradition and indigenous ingredients are some of the hallmarks of chef Gastón Acurio’s work. At just 45 years old, this ambassador of Peruvian cuisine’s accomplishments were recognized with The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award – Latin America 2013, announced on July 31. The award, conferred … Explore More

Chef of a Lifetime: Alain Ducasse

Eduardo Tobon with Chef Alain Ducasse

True to the rumors, Paris in the springtime is nothing less than spectacular. But Paris increased its brilliance quotient when, just a few weeks ago, the culinary world paid tribute to one of its greatest: renowned chef Alain Ducasse. Ducasse received a Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Diners Club International®. The award, which I had … Explore More