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Juan Manuel Barrientos

El Cielo

At 32 years of age Juan Manuel Barrientos is recognized as one of the 50 best chefs in latin america, revelation chef worldwide and the best young chef in latin america.

Chef and businessman owner of El Cielo located in Miami, Medellin and Bogota  , he started his trajectory next to highly recognized chefs Iwao Komiyama and Juan Mari Arzak.

At 23 Juan Manuel opens the door of his first restaurant El Cielo , Inspired by Colombian cuisine using his creativity and avant-garde techniques , his knowledge of neuroscience he creates tasting menus that awaken emotions.

In 2011 he opens the door to El Cielo Bogota and in 2015 El Cielo Miami.

He has created the restaurants; Blanco ,Iwao ,and La Serenissima in the cities of Medellin and Bogota , the magazine Juanma’s notebook, the El Cielo for all foundation and El Cielo catering.

In 2014 he was a judge at the reality show Colombia the test.

In 2016 he organized what was considered one of the most important dinners in the Colombian embassy in Washington DC

where the president , ambassadors and some important personalities like the x Miss.Universe Paulina Vega, that was  very special event offered for Colombia`s international friends like  x secretary of state Collin Powell , United States presidential candidate John Mccain important senators and special guest Christine Lagarde director of the international monetary fund.

During his short and successful career he has vast awards  and recognitions: 

-50 Best Restaurant in Latin America 2013

-50 Best  Restaurant in Latin America 2014

-50 Best Restaurant in Latin America  2015

-Classified in the 50 genius of business in Colombia by Dinero magazine

– Millennium young man Telefonica 2013

-Rosa de los Vientos award best restaurant 2013 ACOPET

– Homeland order comendador , by the Republic of Colombia`s congress   2013

-El Cielo restaurant used as case study for Inalde business school

– World revelation chef by international press Madrid fusion

-Exito awards for Iberoamerica, recognition for leadership excellence, quality and outstanding creative business leadership at El Cielo creative cuisine 

– Congressional order of honor

-Top 5 chef in Colombia

-One of the 15 young peace leaders of the world , chosen to go to the Global non killing center in Honolulu Hawaii 2010

-El Cielo restaurant icon of tourism in the city of Medellin 

-Young businessman 2009 by the Republic of Colombia`s congress.

More about Juan Manuel Barrientos

What is your ultimate comfort food?Bandeja Paisa: No beans. White rice, carne molida ( ground meat), chicharrón, fried egg, plantain (plátano maduro), chorizo, arepa, hogao sauce, black pudding (morcilla), avocado and lemon.If you weren't a chef, what would you be?BusinessmanWhat three things are always in your pantry?Champagne Vegan cream cheese Honey Arepas (is a type of food made of ground maize dough or cooked flour prominent in the cuisine of Colombia) Tomatoes, Garlic, Onion EggsIf you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?Alessandra Ambrosio (Brazilian Model)