Peru’s capital city is a world-renowned culinary hub with justifiable bragging rights. There are as many innovative eateries as there are historical sites. Today, you will meet Penélope Alzamora who will teach you how to make Peru’s signature dish, ceviche. Her credentials include time at a cooking school in San Francisco and experience with Peru’s celebrity chef, Gaston Acurio.
It may seem simple, but preparing ceviche is considered an art. In Lima you will find entire restaurants dedicated to the dish. Start at the market, packed full of fresh vegetables and locally-sourced cod or salmon. Penélope is a dab hand at picking out the finest produce. Continue to her elegant flat in Barranco, a bohemian district lined with Republican-era mansions. First and most importantly, Penélope will show you how to make a perfectly blended pisco sour - the best accompaniment to ceviche. Then she’ll take you through a step-by-step process, chopping the fish into bite-sized chunks and preparing the perfect amount of lime, aji and finely-sliced red onions. You’ll also be able to make other tapas-style scallops and fish stews on the side. The result is a seafood lunch with spectacular ocean views.