Leonor Espinosa

Leonor Espinosa is a prominent chef who has made her name with a fusion of modern and ancient Colombian cookery at her restaurant, Leo Cocina y Cava. This passion for her native cuisine led her to set up of Funleo – whose slogan is ‘food for development’ – a foundation that aims to identify, reclaim and promote the culinary traditions of Colombia while highlighting sustainable practices and local food production. Its focus is on afro-descendent, indigenous communities, and helping them to develop and market their traditional crops and ingredients with the support of their interdisciplinary team (experts in gastronomy and social sciences). Funleo documents the results of their research and publishes tools and resources, not only to preserve native species and disseminate knowledge, but also to keep it alive through active use in the kitchen or in agriculture.