From skate park to kitchen: Meet Peru’s best chef

(CNN)Carving up Lima’s 16th-century streets on a board or carving up a medium-rare piece of meat?

Virgilio Martínez de Central, Lima.
Virgilio Martínez de Central, Lima.

In the end, injury made the decision for Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez and the skateboarding world’s loss was the culinary world’s most fortuitous gain.

With a restaurant ranked fourth in the world and a Michelin star to his name, Virgilio flexed his gastronomical muscles again last month when his Lima-based Central topped the S.Pellegrino Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list for the second year running.

“I was a semi-pro skater but I fractured my clavicle while skating at a park in California,” recalls 38-year-old Martínez.

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