El Chimbobazo… Yes, that’s the name of a sandwich created in Lausanne, Switzerland, and its reputation has made waves around the world. Two slices of quinoa bread, baked cod, red onions and yellow chilli pepper with a subtle hint of fruitiness (aji amarillo)… All served with chimichurri de huacatay, a condiment made with an aromatic herb with a flavour somewhere between mint, apple, geranium and lemongrass, and known, among other names, as wild marigold in English.
With this Peruvian-flavoured snack, Ivalu Acurio won the 11th Sandwich World Cup in Paris in March 2016, before a high-ranking jury. The theme of the most recent competition, which is held every two years, was ‘the sandwich of my homeland’. Ivalu persuaded the experts and won hands down, ahead of participants from Greece and Turkey. The young chef is thus following in the footsteps of her father, who propelled Peru onto the world culinary stage in the late 1990s.