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Latin America's Best Chef Will Open a Restaurant at the Top of the World

Virgilio Martinez, of Lima's Central restaurant, has plans to open a research lab and restaurant high in the Andes.
The diversity of quinoa; it's a favorite ingredient of Martinez.

For someone obsessed with food terroir and authenticity, Virgilio Martinez is surprisingly tolerant of pre-packaged snacks.

The magnetic co-owner and chef of Central in Lima, who brought a loudspeaker to the conversation about Peru’s cuisine and its place in the world, came by the Bloomberg offices in New York earlier this month to talk about some news in his life. Central had recently landed in the 4th spot on the World’s 50 Best restaurant list and was just named No. 1 for Latin America, and Martinez has plans for a new restaurant and food lab that he wants to tell the world about. So it was with trepidation that I escorted him through the sixth-floor Bloomberg lobby, with its many kiosks of free granola bars, chips, cookies, and trail mix.