By Barbara Gutierrez

The camera work of University of Miami Professor Ed Talavera, chair of the Cinema and Interactive Media department, will be on display during this year’s Miami International Film Festival’s Culinary Cinema along with the marvelous cuisine of Peruvian chef extraordinaire Gaston Acurio.

Finding Gaston, a film Talavera co-produced and filmed with director Patricia Perez, will be shown on Monday, March 9 at the Miami Dade College’s Tower Cinema as part of this year’s festival.

The documentary is a gastronomical gem that follows Peruvian chef and world-renown restauranteur Gaston as he explores his journey as a chef who has brought Peruvian cuisine to the masses. The documentary was filmed in Spain, Switzerland, New York and San Francisco.

Owner of 44 restaurants throughout the world and well-known ambassador of the history and culture behind Peruvian cuisine, Gaston has become so famous and beloved in Peru that many say he could run for president.

As part of the festival, Finding Gaston will be shown at 6:50 p.m. at the theatre, 1508 SW Eighth Street, and will be directly followed by a meal at Gaston’s own Miami restaurant La Mar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Brickell Key. For more information and to buy tickets visit