Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen is The Sunday Times' Cookbook of the Year.
Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen is The Sunday Times’ Cookbook of the Year.

You may have noticed that the cuisine of Peru has become one of the world’s hottest culinary cultures. A good dollop of the credit for that has to go to the founder and general manager of Ceviche and Andina restaurants in London, Chef Martin Morales. For the past several years, Chef Morales has been making a splash in London’s culinary scene as a star chef, writer and restaurateur.


Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen, is the Sunday Times’ Cookbook of the Year.


Although he began to cook at age 11, Chef Morales’ first international success was not in cooking, but in music. The child of a Peruvian mother and an English father, he became head of Disney Music, introducing Europe to artists like Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez.

You’d think that kind of success would be a tough act to follow, but the Music Producer transitioned to the Restaurateur seamlessly, opening Ceviche and then Andina to great acclaim in London. Morales describes Ceviche as “a serious business where everything is served with a large slice of chica. Chica means playful or cheeky and it shimmers through everything we do.”

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With help from Chef Morales, Peru has become one of the world’s hottest culinary cultures.

As if to prove his point, Chef Martin’s cookbook, “Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen,” is the Sunday Times’ Cookbook of the Year. And recently, London Times food writer Giles Coren commented on Andina, “…brilliant. I never want to go anyplace else again.”


I want to work with people that inspire me; with people that truly care about what we are doing.


But the chef isn’t nearly finished with his mission to bring serious and sassy Peruvian food to the world. He appeared at the Peruvian Pavilion at New York’s Fancy Food Show as a guest of Avocados from Peru in late June. And he and his team hosted top media executives for a fun and elegant dinner at the home of the Peruvian Ambassador to the United Nations.

Buy Ceviche: Peruvian Cookbook by Martin Morales. Read more about Chef Morales at martinmorales.co.uk.