LANDED Podcast 023
Michelin Stars & Social Change with Juan Manuel Barrientos
In this episode of the LANDED podcast, we had the pleasure of having an enriching conversation with the gastronomic genius and philanthropist, Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos from El Cielo Restaurant. Known fondly as ‘Juanma’, he is the first Colombian chef to earn a Michelin star and is renowned for his innovative menus featuring local Colombian ingredients.
In the first part of our discussion, Chef Juanma walks us through his gastronomic journey. He shares his experiences training under renowned chefs in Argentina and Spain and discusses the creation of his gem, El Cielo. His approach to food is both innovative and deeply respectful of his Colombian roots. His focus on local ingredients and his dedication to culinary storytelling made for an engaging discussion about gastronomic entrepreneurship.
But the discussion does not stop at food. Chef Juanma is not only a culinary maestro but also a philanthropist. He introduced us to his non-profit organization, the El Cielo Foundation, which works as a great example of hope and reconciliation. This foundation offers a blend of culinary training and non-violence lessons to wounded soldiers, former guerrillas, and victims of violence, helping them transform their lives. We explore the inspiring stories of those who have walked this transformative path.
This episode is more than just a gastronomic exploration; it is a testament to the transformative power of food and forgiveness. Chef Juanma’s vision and efforts serve as an example of how culinary entrepreneurship can be used as a tool for positive change. As we learn his journey, we find ourselves exploring the remarkable intersection of gastronomy and philanthropy.
Chef Juanma tell us how he uses his love for food to heal wounds of the past, proving that food is not just about taste, but also about nourishing the soul and bringing people together.
In the end, we also got a sneak peek into the future plans of Chef Juanma, including the expansion of his food empire across the United States and the opening of a new El Cielo restaurant.
So, whether you are a food enthusiast, a chef, or someone who appreciates heartwarming stories of change and reconciliation, this episode is a must-listen. Chef Juanma’s journey is full of food talk and inspiring stories, making this episode a gourmet treat for the mind, heart, and palate. Trust us, you won’t want to miss it!
“I think creativity is about having no fear, or at least facing it, because many people are creative but they have a fear of being wrong. So when you overcome that fear of being wrong and you don’t care about being wrong and you learn from being wrong, you let loose your creativity and it grows every time you make a mistake.”
El Cielo Restaurant