Victoriano Lopez, La Mar Cebicheria (Eat Drink SF Preview Series)

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Stop by the CUESA Classroom for a cooking demo featuring the seasonal bounty of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and highlighting the upcoming festival Eat Drink SF.

After cooking with acclaimed Chef Gastón Acurio for more than two decades, Victoriano Lopez joined the La Mar San Francisco team as Corporate Executive Chef in September 2015. Born and raised in the Ancash region of Peru, Lopez first joined Acurio’s restaurant group, Acurio Restaurantes, in 1995 at Lima’s Astrid & Gaston—which recently took the 14th spot on San Pellegrino’s 2015 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. By 2000, he began working with Acurio to expand his restaurant empire internationally, opening La Mar Cebicherías in Mexico City, Madrid, and San Francisco as well as Peruvian-inspired Tanta concepts across the country. Before heading up La Mar San Francisco, Lopez resided at Tanta’s Chicago outpost, working with Acurio to create new recipes for each restaurant concept.

Although Lopez now considers the west coast home, he is dedicated to continuing to share the traditions and cultures of his native country with San Francisco by serving authentic Peruvian cuisine in an approachable, casual, and colorful waterfront setting. “Spreading the knowledge and technique of Peruvian food is my calling,” says Lopez. “Our menu takes diners on a creative voyage through Peru, showcasing the diverse landscape and ethnicities that make up the country’s culture.”

All demos take place in the CUESA Classroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building) and are free to the public, with recipes and samples for all.

Eat Drink SF Preview Series

CUESA’s pre-festival cooking demonstrations are offered in  partnership with Eat Drink SF, San Francisco’s annual food, wine, and spirits festival at Fort Mason Center on August 25-28. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association will donate a portion of the proceeds to CUESA.