Peru’s famous chefs seek bailout as pandemic shutters restaurants

Peruvian chefs and restaurant owners say a months-long quarantine in 2020, combined with lingering border closures and curfews are strangling the flow of tourists they need to prosper, threatening the country’s famed gastronomic heritage.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Lima’s famous Central restaurant, home to some of Peru’s most succulent cuisine and an earthy aroma that includes more than one hundred Andean spices and varieties of corn, recently closed its doors to the public amid a fierce second wave of COVID-19 infections.

Coronavirus cases have spiked in Peru this year, bringing hospitals and the country’s ailing healthcare system to the brink of collapse, forcing fresh lockdowns in the culinary capital of Lima.

Peruvian chefs and restaurant owners say a months-long quarantine in 2020, combined with lingering border closures and curfews . . .

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