Gastón Acurio

Born in Lima in 1967, Gastón Acurio is a chef, an author, a businessman and an ambassador of Peruvian gastronomy. After completing a Cordon Bleu course in Paris, where he met his future wife, Astrid Gutsche, a German pastry chef, he returned to his home country in 1994. There, they opened their restaurant – Astrid y Gaston – which was a roaring success. They went on to open establishments in many other countries, including Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, the UK and Paris. In 2013, their restaurant was voted Best Restaurant in Latin America by 50 Best Restaurants. The chef now has more than forty restaurants under his wing, offering a wide range of gastronomic experiences – from haute cuisine to fast food. "He's added a continent to the culinary world map", said Alain Ducasse. In 2018, Acurio was presented with the Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award by World’s 50 Best Restaurants, recognising his professional career and contribution to global cuisine.

The chef's relationship with the Mandarin Oriental group began in March 2014 with the "La Mar by Gaston Acurio" restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

César Bellido

A talented 29-year-old chef and disciple of Gastón Acurio, will be in charge of this second Yakumanka restaurant in Europe, after Barcelona. César honed his skills as head chef at the acclaimed gourmet restaurant Astrid y Gastón in Lima before overseeing the launches of the Yakumanka restaurant in Barcelona and La Mar in Doha.