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June 22, 2012updated Feb 08, 2013

El Bulli’s Ferran Adrià & Nobu Matsuhisa Get Amazon Cooking Class

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Nobu MatsuhisaLima – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Aqua Expeditions, Peru’s first luxury Amazon river cruise operator, recently welcomed two of the world’s top chefs, Ferran Adrià and Nobu Matsuhisa, on to their newest cruise vessel for a cooking masterclass with Exceutive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Schiaffino is considered a pioneer of Peruvian cuisine and has already received global recognition for his restaurant Malabar in Lima.

Both chefs visited on separate occasions to try their hand at new Peruvian cuisine. Peru’s culinary scene has been blossoming over recent years with foodies no longer content with sitting in hotel restaurants and dining on classic dishes. The trend for more adventurous cuisine in unusual locations has been steadily increasing.

Adrià, formerly head chef of El Bulli restaurant and widely considered one of the best chefs in the world, visited the M/V Aria vessel during the annual Mistura food festival in Lima. Adrià visited local markets and communities to learn about native delicacies such as the paiche fish, one of the Amazon’s largest fresh water species.

El Bulli was a Three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Catalonia, Spain, consistently voted the world’s best restaurant during the decade before its closure in 2011. A trail blazer of molecular gastronomy, El Bulli is set reopen as a creativity center in 2014.

Chef and entrepreneur Nobu Matsuhisa is famed for his Japanese cuisine combined with South American flavors. The Matsuhisa Restaurants (in Beverly Hills, Aspen, Athens and Mykonos) are privately owned by the Matsuhisa family, while the worldwide Nobu Restaurants are co-owned by Nobu, Robert De Niro, Meir Teper and managing partner Richie Notar. During his Amazonian adventure, Matsuhisa took a walk on the wild side with piranha fishing and a hike through the rain forest.

Lima-based Aqua Expeditions provides luxury cruises to the more intrepid traveler, giving access to remote areas such as the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, renowned for its exotic wildlife.

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