Join Pedro Miguel Schiaffino On Board

2022 Aqua Nera departures with Consulting Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino


pedroPedro Miguel Schiaffino is the chef and previous owner of Malabar and ámaZ, two of  Lima’s most cutting edge and innovative restaurants prior to their recent shutdown, as well as the founder of the catering company Schiaffino Gastronomika. He is also part of the Executive Committee of the CIA’s Latin Cuisines Advisory Council.

Both his cutting-edge restaurants in Lima, ámaZ and Malabar, were household names in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list prior to their closing, captivating visitors with new and exotic flavors while being transported to the remote Amazonia through their palates.

His passion and love for the Amazon region, its exotic produce, and communities that live within, motivated him to embark on a 20-year journey of discovery and exploration to uncover the wonders this region has to offer. Through his cuisine, Schiaffino helps support local producers and resource sustainability while raising awareness, teaching, and inspiring fellow Peruvians and people around the world to understand and protect the precious rainforest.


2007 marked the beginning of a longstanding partnership between Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and Aqua Expeditions as he joined the team as Consulting Chef on the Aria Amazon. He oversees the entire culinary experience by creating an innovative menu focused on fresh and locally sourced produce – 70 percent of all ingredients used onboard are sourced within Amazonia. Schiaffino’s cuisine fuses Peruvian ingredients with traditional techniques, and his ability to transform unusual ingredients into authentic delectable dishes is echoed in both Aria Amazon and Aqua Nera’s culinary offerings which include Spicy River Snails with Tapioca and Turmeric Sofrito, Roasted Cocona Salad, and Coca Leaf Alfajores.


Aqua Expeditions’ partnership with Pedro Miguel Schiaffino transcends the unique culinary proposal offered onboard our expeditions, with meaningful collaborations for conservations projects, such as the protection and rehabilitation of native paiche fish population, as well as our work with local river communities to foster sustainably sourced produce in the Amazon taking center stage.


Stay tuned to find out more about our upcoming 2023 Chef-hosted departures which will feature the following unique opportunities for guests aboard Aqua Nera:


  • Customized Market Tours: Travel with our Chef to local markets to learn about locally grown and harvested ingredients – so essential to the freshness of our dishes.
  • Master Cooking Class: Attend a cooking class or a kitchen tour hosted by our Chef as he walks you through his secrets of recipe planning, preparation and execution.
  • Interactive Q&A with the Chef: Find out how the dynamic international food scene is transforming the way our Chef designs his latest visions of culinary creativity.


Sample signature dishes created by Chef Schiaffino include:


Watch our Chef in action:

Aria Amazon Chef-hosted Departures with renowned Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino

Peruvian Cuisine from the Amazon: Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino Interview with Munchies