About Me

I am a freelance writer, photographer, and vegan Peruvian chef. Prior to becoming a chef, I obtained a Master’s degree in mathematics. A former omnivore, I learned to cook Peru’s traditional dishes from my mother. And before turning vegan, I cooked pop-up dinners and taught home cooks to prepare traditional Peruvian dishes at a community cooking school in San Francisco, CA, for eight years. I am also an accomplished percussionist and 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.

Media and Press

“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.” — 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.” — Food Sake Tokyo

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