This Restaurant Uses 50 Different Methods to Cook Potatoes

October 27, 2015

When chef Virgilio Martinez isn’t in the Andes or the Amazon hunting for ingredients, he’s racking up accolades for his restaurant Central Restaurante in Lima, Peru (okay, and teaching us how to make ceviche at home). But it’s those trips out of the Peruvian capital that most inform his cooking, his 100 percent local menu, and his adoration for Peru’s most beloved indigenous ingredient: the potato.

Martinez works with Andean locals as part of the Mater Initiativa. Photo: Courtesy of Virgilio Martinez

“The potato is not a humble ingredient. It has a history and very special, even spiritual qualities, because…