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As part of our visit to San Jose today we got to venture into the catacombs underneath the building. As you can tell, sometimes it’s very narrow with steep steps. They include underground tunnels to the ocean port 3km away. It was such an enriching experience through history because not only were the tunnels used as trading ports to the mansion, but they include tiny pitch black rooms where slaves were kept in the 19th century. Sitting in the complete dark, dusty, claustrophobic room for a few moments with everyone was very uncomfortable and really opened up my eyes and heart to the lack of humanity that people faced years ago.


Eye opening and fantastic meal at Chef Gaston Accurrio’s restaurant he opened with his wife Astrid. This is has been one of the top Best Restaurants In The World list for a few years now. It was a comforting yet exciting experience through food.


We never stop learning! Last night we all took a cooking class where we learned about the native fruit and traditional Peruvian dishes. In the picture, Chef Deke and Kara are learning how to cook Lomo Saltado.


Day 3 exploring the fish market. Saw fishermen preparing nets for fishing the next day. Had the chance to learn Peruvian cuisine at sky kitchen and we also tried different fruit that’s local only in Peru.


Of all the amazing experiences yesterday, this was by far the most memorable. We visited a local culinary school and got to have lunch with some of the students. A few of them travel by bus for 3 hours just to come to school everyday. At the end, we had the opportunity to sponsor a tree and help the school continue to provide a low cost education It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I’m so glad we were a part of.


Today we had the privilege to go to Pachacutec Culinary Institute. After 2 hours of driving we made it to the institute that is on top of the foot hills. When we arrived we were greeted by students that were attending the school. We received a tour of the institute which contained 4 rooms: the dry storage, production kitchen, presentation room, and the dining room. After the tour we were able to sit down with the students to talk and eat what they had prepared for us. The students brought out some colored corn cornels, potato, dried chickpeas, Lima beans, and wheat berries to show what they normally cook with. To finish off the visit we all pitch in to sponsor 6 trees that are growing on the school grounds. This experience gave me perspective that culinary students all over the world are just like us learning the same fundamentals but just live in a different country.


Buenas tardes! Welcome to Callao, today we embraced the Peruvian culture by connecting with chefs from pachacútec culinary institute. We primarily communicated through google translate on their phones. Despite the language barrier, we interacted very well and gained an understanding of each other’s cultures. I am overwhelmed with excitement and have soaked up information like a sponge! Can’t wait for the next days to come!