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Eduardo’s nickname among the other restaurateurs in Urubamba, Peru is “Monster.”
It’s unclear exactly how he got this nickname. It may be because he’s a “monster” in the kitchen, producing what can perhaps be best called “food fusion”—blending inspiration from international cultures united for a unique experience of flavor, texture, and sustenance.
Or it may be because of his reputation for throwing guests out of his restaurant. He’s a true artisan, having spent his entire life since he was four years old perfecting his craft— traveling the world to pick up new ideas to bring back to Kampu, the restaurant serving as his kitchen, dining room, and home.
When you go to Kampu, Eduardo is literally your host inviting you into his home, and if you are an ungrateful guest—or perhaps a bit too picky about the food—he has no problem kicking you out. I didn’t dare ask him if he had ever heard of Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi”—I didn’t want to get kicked out myself!
Though born in Peru, he spent his childhood during the 60’s and 70’s in Bethesda, Maryland in the USA, which is where his joy for cooking simmered. He watched with fascination the cooking styles of his mother and his friends’ mothers—many of whom were refugees from all over the world seeking safety in the states. Blending these international cooking styles, he began experimenting in the kitchen and has continually been learning and practicing ever since to add to his culinary repertoire.
Today, Eduardo is a unique personality in the restaurant business—serving as host, waiter, and chef—empowered to share the fruits of his life-long craft—only serving a handful of tables a day. When he reaches his limit, he closes for the day, even if it’s well before the posted hours of operation.
He is empowered to open and close Kampu whenever he wants, because he believes in the quality of his food and knows more guests will be back tomorrow—a power and authority he’s worked his entire life to achieve and continues to dedicate himself to—fueling the motivation to make steady and continued progress forward.
All of this said, if you’re planning on visiting Kampu, it’s probably best to get a reservation first—otherwise you might get there only to discover Eduardo has already reached his limit for the day.
In what area of life are you a monster and how are you empowering yourself for steady and continued progress forward?
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Jonas Cain, M.Ed. is a storyteller, magician, musician, and facilitator of fascination on a mission to help you experience abiding joy.