Chef Leonor Espinosa has won the Basque Culinary Centre‘s prize for transforming initiatives for her FUNLEO project in Colombia.
FUNLEO is a foundation led by chef Leonor Espinosa the goal of which is to reclaim the knowledge of Colombia’s indigenous and afro-colombian peoples on the subject of gastronomy and biodiversity. It promotes the growth of the social fabric of the Colombian regions in the areas of food sovereignty, education, nutrition, entrepreneurship and tourism so the region can develop financially and socially and rid itself of drug trafficking business.
A practical, documentary project
FUNLEO was created in 2008 when Leonor Espinosa decided to focus her efforts on making a profit from productive activities to help her country, where the economic structure is weakened by social conflict.
The project has various highly interesting focal points; on the one hand, it offers people theoretical and practical education in food and agriculture, biology, nutrition and gastronomy to empower them, taking advantage of their resources the value of which is increased through workshops and activities. On the other hand, it also includes the creation of publications documenting recipes, indigenous food products and even a glossary of Colombian gastronomy.
Who is Leonor Espinosa and what is CICLO-BIOMA cuisine?
Leonor Espinosa is the owner of the restaurant LEO (Bogotá) specialising in traditional Colombian food. Before devoting herself to gastronomy, she studied Economy and Fine Arts and worked in advertising agencies. She later decided to transfer her knowledge to the field of gastronomy and started FUNLEO with her daughter Laura Hernández.
The restaurant LEO offers CICLO-BIOMA cuisine, based on the periodic study of the different biomas and ecosystems with the support of biologists, producers and farmers and offers a set menu of local products recreated from ancestral memories.
Image’s source: Restaurante LEO
Galery source: Facebook FUNLEO