Pedro Miguel Schiaffino is a chef who has received recognition for his commitment to investigation and the use of ingredients from the Peruvian Amazon in haute cuisine. In his effort to innovate through these ingredients and flavors, Pedro Miguel represents the “new gastronomic revolution” coming from the Amazonian pantry. Using everything from exotic fruits to the fish that inhabit the lakes and rivers of the planet’s richest ecosystem, Schiaffino explores biodiversity and his country’s natural resources in order to create contemporary dishes that bring life to his stunning signature cuisine.
Schiaffino was educated at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), in New York and at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners (ICIF) in Castiglioni d’Asti, Piedmont. He then worked in various Italian restaurants before returning to Peru, restaurants like Dal Pescatore (Canneto sul’Oglio, Mantova), La Locanda dell’Angelo (Ameglia, La Spezia) and El Pinocchio (Borgomanero, Novara), this last one run by Piero Bertinotti, whom he considers an important influence in his cooking.
In 2006, the Government of the Republic of Peru awarded him the “Manka” prize for his contribution to the development of gastronomy. His restaurant MALABAR’s creativity was highlighted by Food & Wine magazine as one of the twenty most interesting culinary experiences in the world, and in 2010 his bar was selected as one of the top ten in the world by this same publication. In this same year, the International Academy of Gastronomy awarded him the Chef L’Avenir prize.
Besides his work in MALABAR, he currently runs his catering company, Schiaffino Gastronomica. He is a Food and Beverages advisor for the Aqua Expeditions luxury cruise line, which navigates the Amazon River from Iquitos, Peru. In 2012 he opened the restaurant Amaz in the Peruvian capital, whose concept and ambiance are entirely centered on the Amazon. Currently, he is also the host of Desde el Jardín, in Plus TV.