Juan Manuel Barrientos
Chef, businessman and advocate of peace.
Creator and founder of the Elcielo restaurants, at just 31 years old, Juan Manuel has been named one of the 50 best chefs of Latin America. He was awarded the Revelation Chef Award by Madrid Fusion and his company has been praised and studied by some of the best universities in the world. Juan Manuel has revolutionized traditional Colombian cuisine by combining his innovative cooking practices and his passion for neurosciences.
Juan Manuel was recognized by the Colombian government as a "Young Leader of Peace in Latin America". He has taken his cuisine to areas of major conflict in Colombia and has offered his experience and help to wounded soldiers and young guerrilla members. Through his cooking, he has been able to start a process of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Thanks to his dedication to the community, Juan Manuel is undoubtedly one of the most important leaders of peace in Latin America. He created a new project, which loosely translates to "In Elcielo, We Are Cooking Up Peace in Colombia" ("En Elcielo estamos Cocinando La Paz de Colombia").
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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
When I was a little kid, I remember always eating Sweet Plantains. Today, sweet plantains are a key ingredient on a lot of the food I cook.
If you've participated in the Festival before, what is your favorite SOBEWFF memory to date?
This is my first time partipating
If this is your first year participating in SOBEWFF, what are you most looking forward to?
Sharing my passion and what I love the most with the audience
If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?
I never leave home without my: