Born to unite, Chef Perkunas was surfed in Lima-Peru. He grew up in a family where traditionally men were passionate cooks, learning and creating complex dishes and elixirs at an early age and developing a natural sense for balancing flavors and textures.
Perkunas' culinary background was enriched with the incredible variety of products in his country of birth. Peru is well known for culinary exploration, where a mix of Inca, Spanish, Chinese, European, African and Japanese gastronomic contributions has transformed Lima into a paradise for food lovers. Furthermore, the biodiversity in Peru is one of the biggest on planet Earth, no wonder why Peru has been considered the super foods capital of the world. Peru is a mystical and abundant land, and it has a perfect quality soil to cultivate a chef-alchemist.
“The sunsets are breathtaking here, but even if I moved a few thousand miles away, I'm still in the same place, this world which I adore” one of Perkunas' first thoughts when arriving to South California in 2000. “The sense of belonging to the universe, the sense of openness, helps enormously at the time to focus our gaze to any creative aspect”
He discovered gourmet raw foods in 2005, which enriched and fascinated his culinary vision. Working in several raw food restaurants like Good Mood Foods, Cilantro Live, Ranchos and Google headquarters, gave the chef more ideas to play around. The result was creating Veggie Vibes in 2007, offering an artistic and unique organic-vegan-raw weekly delivery service in San Diego County. Since then, the chef has had a lot of fun creating hundreds of different living raw and fusion menus, and has satisfied a large number “fun-foodies” who can give testimony about the quality and uniqueness of his cuisine.
As Veggie Vibes’ slogan says, “It’s all about the Vibes”, chef Perkunas feels his way through life and he has no other way to cook than intuitively. His personal opinion about foods is, “loving the unlimited variety that this planet has to offer, with no restrictions, loveing and appreciating it all, just for the fun of it”!