Central is a restaurant located in the Miraflores District, Lima, Peru and it i s the flagship restaurant of Peruvian chef, Virgilio Martínez Véliz. The cuisine at Central Restaurante is Contemporary Peruvian, and founder Virgilio Martínez Véliz has attempted to redefine Peruvian cuisine by i ntroducing little-known indigenous ingredients from Peru's coastal region, the Andes highlands, and the Amazon rainforest. Examples of such ingredients include kushuru (cushuro), an edible cyanobacteria harvested in high-altitude wetlands; arracacha, a root vegetable from the Andes; and arapaima, a freshwater fish found i n the Amazon River. Chef and restaurant commentator Geeta Bansal describes the cuisine as "fresh, and contemporary with beautiful plates.
Central chooses to approach the diversity of ingredients in a manner similar to that used by the peoples of the Andes in pre-Hispanic times by infusing it with new techniques and it has earned the restaurant three consecutive years as the Best Restaurant of Peru, Best Restaurant in Latin America by Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants, and now it I also the 4th Best Restaurant in the World.
Chef Virgilio Martinez has taken Peruvian cuisine to a whole new extreme elevation. Central takes diners on a vertical journey across Peru’s landscape, serving native ingredients sourced at various altitudes. The mountains, sea, desert and jungle are all represented as Central’s tasting menu travels from 25 meters below to 4,200 meters above sea level. The restaurant celebrates Peru’s biodiversity and ancient Andean heritage, pushing culinary limits to delight guests with inventive creations.