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In Peru: Cooking for a Better Future

A distinguished chef opens a culinary school in Peru to cater to low-income students so as to help them to achieve their dreams of becoming chefs.

Gaston Acurio, who has many restaurants around the world, opened this school in Pachacutec, where there’s scarce running water and sewage systems.

Acurio recruited renowned chefs to volunteer their time, and Limas municipal Water Company donated 185 gallons to fill the wells.

According to Yahoo News, Anthropology professor Carlos Aramburu stated culinary work will not eliminate poverty but “it is helping to create small integrated economies, for example, between restaurants potato growers, fishermen, and creating jobs.”

Many chefs believe that Peru’s popular cuisine can be an essential “democratizing force in a land of deep inequities.”