Cesar Izquierdo grew up in a neighborhood considered one of the most poor in Lima. His travels from his hometown to the United States are documented in this Peruvian TV show aired in Peru in 2008.
Chicago Tribune's interview with Guy Fieri has him admit:
Gun to his head, what's your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
Taste of Peru, with that crazy owner!
Ftd: Lomo Saltado, Tamal, and Anticuch