Peru is in the midst a gastronomic revolution. Its army: thousands of culinary students. Its leader: the Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio. Its weapons: centuries of ethnic fusion.

In his documentary "Cooking Up Dreams", renowned Peruvian director Ernesto Cabellos, presents his country's spectacular cuisine and asks himself: Can an entire nation be represented by its cuisine? This documentary journeys to the kitchens of Peru's coast, highlands and jungle, as well as Peruvian expat communities in Paris, London, Amsterdam and New York for answers.

From the most humble family kitchens to the poshest restaurants, from stories of pioneering Peruvian chefs abroad to those who preserve ancient recipes at home, we find that Peru's cuisine is deliciously integrating for its people, who have historically been divided by ethnic and economic differences. This documentary isn't just about food. This documentary is about integration, challenges, culture, poverty and wealth. We'll discover the origin of Peru's ubiquitous national dish – cebiche – the anticuchos of beef hearts or the annual meal mourners share at the graves of their dead relatives.

Famed chefs such as Spain's Ferran Adrià, as well as Peru's Gastón Acurio share their views and experiences with Peru's cuisine alongside the thousands of unsung chefs, who also dream of Peru's cuisine as a motor of development.

Co-produced with TAL — Latin America Television, from Brazil, and supported by the AECID — The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, Promperu, Lindley Corporation, BBVA Continental, PUCP University, Peru Foundation and Tacama.


Ernesto Cabellos, Director
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