About Me

I am a freelance writer, photographer, and vegan Peruvian chef. An omnivore most of my life, I learned to cook Peru’s traditional dishes from my mother. But prior to becoming a chef, I obtained a master’s in mathematics. Now, I am on a mission to veganize Peruvian cuisine, and I have an advantage: I know what the original dishes taste like. I am also an accomplished cajón percussionist and competitive long-distance trail runner. Born in Peru, I am a BIPOC bilingual Latinx and now live in Portland, OR, with my fiancée Alec and our daughter Rio.


“I always really appreciate how Nico weaves history, cultural significance, and cooking how-to in his TASTE stories.”
— Matt Rodbard, TASTE

“Vera is a brilliant storyteller, driven by cultural, familial and historic connections in all that he does. Stories inform his food and his advocacy, and it’s impossible not to be affected by his passion for place.”
— Laura Borrman, Iconic San Francisco

“During his ceviche masterclass, he evokes a sense of romanticism when he shares the history of the dishes he presents. Because of his background as a mathematician, Nico is methodical and structured. His recipes have been perfected and kept simple.”
— Janice Espa, Food Sake Tokyo

“Nico is an exemplar ambassador of our Peruvian culture, its food, and who we are. I really appreciate what he does, as he is a great game changer.”
— Virgilio Martínez, Mil

Media and Press

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