Largest ceviche-world record set by Peruvian
CALLAO, Peru -- 300 Peruvian chefs, elbow deep in more
than six tons of sliced fish, onions and lime, prepared a
6.791 tons (about 14,940 pounds) ceviche (a Peruvian seafood
specialty, a citrus-marinated seafood appetizer ) -setting
the world record for the Largest
Photo: Peruvian chefs, elbow deep in
more than six tonnes of square-cut fish, onion and lime, won
on Sunday the World
Record for the largest ceviche, a Peruvian seafood
The classic dish, made with raw fish and a spicy
citrus sauce that "cooks" it, weighed in at 6.8 tonnes, some
2 tonnes more than the previous record. /Reuters Photo
Five tons of fresh white fish, 2,500 kilograms
of limes and about the same amount of onions, and 250 kilograms
each of red pepper and salt went into Peru's massive effort
to recover its place as world recordholder for the largest
ceviche, an honor it had lost to Mexico in 2007.
To contain the ceviche, organizers used an aluminum
container about 30 meters (yards) long, which was set up inside
a sports center in Peru's main port, which is part of greater
Some 450 students and chefs worked in an open-air
sports stadium in Callao, a working-class district near Peru's
capital -- slicing, dicing and mixing white fish with lime,
salt, onions and aji peppers.
The classic dish, made from raw fish and a spicy
citrus sauce that "cooks" it, weighed in at 6.8 tons, 2 tons
more than the previous record.
"Today, we have brought together all the people
of Callao so that in the name of Peru, we can take back the
record for the largest ceviche", said Callao's regional
president Alexander Kouri, who stood in front of 14 giant
metal containers filled with fish.
To weigh the ceviche, students scooped it
into smaller boxes that they put on top of a movable scale.
It took some two dozen hands to lift each container.
"Ceviche is a dish that is excellent when
very fresh, and which - in small portions - can be made in
two or three minutes, but on this occasion, we've taken much
more time to make it, (while) maintaining the quality," the
president of the Association of Seafood Restauranteurs of
Peru, Javier Vargas, told Efe.
Hundreds of people from the neighborhood waited
outside the Callao stadium for a plate of food. "A Peruvian
who does not eat ceviche is not Peruvian," said Espinoza.
added that if "any other city in the world ... (wants) to
beat Callao, if they set a new record, we're ready to make
an even larger ceviche."
The previous record for the world's
largest ceviche, weighing in at 4.5 tons, was set
in Mexico in 2005. Prior to that, Peru held it at 4.1 tons.
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