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Introducing LIMA at Harrods

A celebration of Peruvian food and culture, the Harrods Food Halls welcomes Michelin-starred restaurant LIMA to the delicatessen. Headed up by chef Virgilio Martínez Véliz, the menu – available in-store to take away – offers a variety of Peruvian dishes designed for lunch or dinner on-the-go. From salmon and seabream ceviche to potatoes huancaina, empanadas and street food-inspired dishes, the range incorporates both traditional and contemporary Peruvian cuisine for a vibrant, innovative addition to your weekly meal rotation.

Since its launch in 2012, LIMA Fitzrovia has changed the London restaurant scene, earning a Michelin star in 2013 and a covetable spot at number four on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List. Following with LIMA Floral in 2014, it’s safe to say that Peruvian food is having a moment; we caught up with head chef Virgilio Martínez Véliz about  the Peruvian food scene, his most exotic ingredients and his ultimate weekend at home in both London and Lima, Peru.

In Peru, there is a unique approach to food. We rely heavily on nature: we’re fuelled by natural produce, artisan producers, farmers that love what they do and the amazing landscapes that shape our gastronomic experience in Peru. There are also influences from all over the world with an emphasis on sharing ideas and multiculturalism. It also travels well, because we have a huge variety of ingredients that can be adapted to local produce.”

At home I like to make Carapulcra, a stew of dried Andean potatoes, but [in the restaurant] we work with some really exotic ingredients. We use herbs that grow in the mountains, up to 5000 metres above sea level. Not very common at all!”

Our idea for Harrods is to do what we know how to do best: we showcase great produce using strong Peruvian flavours. Peruvian produce – our cacaos, corns, quinoas, coffees and aji peppers are the protagonists of our range, just as they are in our restaurants.”

On The Perfect Way To Spend A Weekend…

First thing in the morning: “I’m lucky enough to be able to drink the most amazing coffee in Peru, so the morning starts by making a coffee and enjoying its smell and taste.”

The best brunch: “Ham, chilli pepper and egg tortilla with scallops and a bowl of sautéed tubers. I also like to eat grains with yoghurt and a cup of coffee too.”

To recharge: “We have our one day off at the weekends and we like to go to the countryside. Sometimes we fly up into the mountains and spend the night up there. However, my weekends have changed a little since my wife and I just had our first baby.”

Foodie must-sees: “New restaurant openings in Lima, Peru, get better and better and there are so many new options that make it a tough decision. Last time I was in London, I went to Hedone; it was fantastic. I also love to see Nuno Mendes [currently at Chiltern Firehouse] to see what’s new and Simon Rogan’s restaurant, Fera at Claridge’s. Since I often spend most of my time [in London] at LIMA, I visit No .26, the café across the road from the restaurant, a lot. It’s a great place to smell coffee, drink coffee and talk.”

Discover the LIMA range in-store in the Harrods Food Halls, Ground Floor.

Virgilio Martínez Véliz will be in-store on Thursday 14th April to sign copies of his new book LIMA the cookbook in the Harrods Cookshop on the Second Floor from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. 

Customers purchasing ‘LIMA the cookbook’ by Virgilio Martínez Véliz from the Harrods Cookshop (located on the Second Floor) on Thursday 14th April 2016 before 7:15pm will receive a wristband enabling them to meet Virgilio Martínez Véliz and have their book signed on that day. Each customer may purchase a maximum of two ‘LIMA the cookbook’ books which may be signed. Wristbands will be allocated on a first come first served basis at the point of book purchase. Wristbands are non-transferable and cannot be sold or exchanged. Customers must bring their receipt, wristband and book and come to the Harrods Cookshop on the Second Floor on Thursday 14th April 2016 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm to have their book signed by Virgilio Martínez Véliz. 

Those under 18 must be accompanied by their parent/guardian. Only books purchased from the Harrods Cookshop will be accepted and books will be non-refundable when signed (statutory rights are not affected). No other merchandise will be signed. A photo opportunity will be available with Virgilio at the signing table. By participating, customers grant an irrevocable and royalty free licence to Harrods to use their name, photograph, video, voice recording and general location for publicity, news and promotional purposes in all media in connection with this promotion. Harrods accepts no responsibility for any disappointment incurred or suffered as a result of distribution of wristbands and/or if customers are unable to have their book signed due to their acts or omissions or unavailability for any reason.

For more information please call +44 (0)20 3626 7020 and ask to speak to the Harrods Cookshop. Those without a valid book, wristband and receipt will not be permitted to join the queue for the signing. Harrods reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions and/or vary the event at any time in its sole discretion.

The promoter is Harrods Ltd (No.30209), Registered Office: 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL

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