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Ricardo Zarate was the founding chef/owner of celebrated LA Peruvian restaurants Picca, Mo Chica, and Paiche. He has been recognized by Food & Wine, Esquire, GQ, LA Times, Condé Nast Traveler & a three time James Beard nominee. Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic describes Zarate as a chef’s chef whom artfully deconstructs Peruvian dishes.

Lima-born Los Angeles chef and restaurateur Ricardo Zarate has been called “the godfather of Peruvian cuisine”. Perfectly capturing the spirit of modern Peruvian cooking, reflecting indigenous South American foods as well as Japanese, Chinese, and European influences with an American sensibility. His dishes range from classic recipes such as ceviche and Pisco sour to artfully crafted Peruvian-style sushi to a Peruvian burger.

Zarate is also the author of “The Fire of Peru: Recipes and Stories from My Peruvian Kitchen to be released on October 20, 2015 and the force behind his catering/mixology business.