The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Peruvian culture was present during Easter Week in Roatan, Honduras in the Caribbean, with its cuisine, dancing and Paso horses.
“We brought the rich and varied cuisine of my country through a young chef who has shared his knowledge with more than one hundred chefs of Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, Danli, Copan Ruins and now in Roatán,” he told the Acan- Efe Peruvian ambassador of Honduras, Guillermo Gonzales Arica.
The diplomat mentioned that in Roatan, one of the most important tourist destinations in Honduras, some 50 have been trained as chefs and that the culinary journey, which began last week, has also held food festivals in recognized hotels such as Infinity Bay and Mayan Princess.
He added that the cultural activity on last Thursday has included the presentation of Peruvian dances involving five youths of his country studying agronomy at the Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School, about 30 miles east of Tegucigalpa.
Furthermore, the same day there was a demonstration of Peruvian horses in collaboration with the family Mac Nab, of Roatan.
The activity has also been sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the National Chamber of Tourism and the Hotels Mayan Princess and Infinity Bay.
Hundreds of Hondurans and foreigners have enjoyed since the Tuesday of Holy Week the Peruvian cuisine, including the Mayor of Roatan, Dorn Ebanks, who said he “enjoyed the chicken roll” prepared by Chef Isaac Arbañil.
“The idea was to give Roatan some knowledge and Peruvian cuisine, and also show how food evolved in our country, we are now making Honduras public,” Arbañil told reporters as he cut a few leaves and onions into small pieces for some of the dishes on Thursday at Infinity Bay.
Arbañil, 22, said that what has been done in Roatan is “put a little more effort and make the chefs watch that they have much to do here” in culinary art.
“We’ve done different types of ceviche, such as traditional and tropicalised with local products, playing with seafood, like octopus, using mango and oranges to break the typical concept of fish ceviche with lemon, salt and some spices,” he added.
The Peruvian chef, a native of Lima who has graduated at the University of San Ignacio de Loyola, said he “played a little bit” with fruits and other marine products such as shrimp and fish for various types of ceviches that were prepared during culinary journey.
“We also made dishes such as lomo saltado, worked with quinoa, potatoes Huancaína or drinks, but showing them in a different way,” said Arbañil.
The training included a space for a diverse cocktail with pisco base, playing with fruits, whereas for most tourists the “chicken roll” was new. It is prepared with a metal barrel which carries a grill on the bottom.
The structure, a Peruvian invention, consists of a ring in the inside and iron bars used to hang up to seven to eight chickens or any other meat, whose falling off fat feeds the heat of the coals.
Upstairs, the cylinder carries a portable cover that occasionally is lift up to see how the meat is cooked, which is a process that at a time grills and smokes the meat.
Arbañil prefers adding only salt to the meat, although sometimes he adds soy sauce to chicken to have a better color.
The cylinder in which chicken is prepared at the day of the inauguration of Peruvian food festival at the Mayan Princess hotel, stayed as a gift from Ambassador Arica Gonzales for Mayor of Roatan, who confessed that her favorite food is just chicken.
Some ingredients in the culinary journey like hot pepper, red pepper sauce and marisol pepper, and quinoa, were brought from Peru, which through its embassy in Tegucigalpa is taking its cuisine to various regions of Honduras, where Arbañil has also experienced local food.
The Peruvian ambassador said that between April 30 and May 2 training chefs will travel to the cities of San Lorenzo, Nacaome, Langue and Amapala.
On May 4 a Peruvian food festival in San Lorenzo is foreseen, in which the Chamber of Commerce of the area is also organizing a demonstration of boats in the Gulf of Fonseca (Pacific).
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose, Costa Rica