Juan Manuel Barrientos
Founder and chef of El Cielo Restaurants. Social Entrepreneur
Colombian chef Juan Manuel Barrientos is the owner of one of the most innovative and influential restaurants in the Americas: Elcielo. Not only is he one of the most talented chefs in the world, but also an activist for peace and passionate about social networks. He is the third chef with more presence in social networks according to 50 Best. Take advantage of the network to generate engagement with its followers and promote high gastronomy, as well as its social projects, through innovative formats.
His cuisine is a combination of Colombian tradition, avant-garde gastronomic techniques and advances in neuroscience to awaken memories through sensations, themes he shares with the audience of his conferences and with his followers on the Internet. .
Born in Medellín in 1983, he studied gastronomy at the Universidad de La Colegiatura Colombiana. He has learned the secrets of Iwao's Asian cuisine and the avant-garde techniques of Arzak in San Sebastián (Spain). With 23 years, he founded the first Elcielo and currently owns three, two in Colombia (Medellín and Bogotá) and one in Miami, Florida.
He has also been the creator of the Blaonco and Iwao restaurants, the gastronomy magazine Juanma Notebook and the Elcielo Foundation for all, which develops social projects of education in non-violence with children, ex-guerrillas, deaf and indigenous people.
The World's Best Restaurants recognized in 2013 and 2014 the Elcielo as one of the best restaurants in Latin America and was awarded the Chef Revelación Award by Madrid Fusión and special guest to open the Spanish gastronomic summit in 2013. In 2011 he won the prize for leadership in Éxito Awards Iberoamérica. He has also received multiple awards in his native Colombia.
The Colombian government recognized him as a Young Leader of Peace for this initiative. In 2010 he was chosen as the only Latino invited to the Global Non Killing Center, in Honolulu, Hawaii.