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Tuesday, May 17 2022 - 20:00
Bogota's Leonor Espinosa Named The World's Best Female Chef 2022
LONDON, May 17, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2022 today reveals the winner of The World's 
Best Female Chef Award, sponsored by Nude Glass, as Leonor Espinosa, chef-owner 
of Leo in Bogota. Previously named Latin America's Best Female Chef in 2017, 
Espinosa has become one of the most important personalities in Colombia through 
her hard and consistent work, not only celebrating local Colombian products and 
flavours but highlighting the value of the country's biodiversity and social 
aspects of gastronomy.

A key figure in Colombia's food renaissance, Espinosa relocated and reimagined 
her flagship restaurant just last year and it was subsequently voted No.46 in 
The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2021. At the new venue, Espinosa has crafted a 
tasting menu with 100% of the ingredients sourced within Colombia and each dish 
forming part of a broader Colombian food narrative. The gastronomic experience 
focuses on the country's varied ecosystems, exploring the ways new species can 
be utilised in the kitchen.

In 2008, Espinosa founded the non-profit Funleo with her daughter, Laura 
Hernandez-Espinosa, Leo's head sommelier. The mother-and-daughter team have 
helped to unveil some of the secrets of indigenous ingredients and ancestral 
techniques providing inspiration for Leo's unique menus. Today, Funleo 
continues to identify, reclaim and promote the culinary traditions of rural and 
ethnic communities while promoting their wellbeing and health, with programmes 
enhancing the use of autochthonous ingredients across the country and 
empowering the groups towards food sovereignty. Each ingredient's origin is 
highlighted on Leo's menu, such as pulantana from the desert and cacay and 
cnopio from the Andean foothills.

Aside from running Leo and Funleo, Espinosa has helped build support for the 
establishment of a Comprehensive Gastronomy Centre in Golfo de Tribuga as an 
alternative framework for people affected by or involved in drug trafficking, 
and has also campaigned to raise awareness on Colombia's culinary riches, with 
her work encouraging communities to turn their cultural heritage into a tool 
for socio-economic development.

William Drew, Director of Content for The World's 50 Best Restaurants, says: 
"Leonor Espinosa has become one of the most iconic Latin American chefs of her 
generation, championing both Colombia's biodiversity and its cultural diversity 
like no other. We're thrilled to be able to recognise her incredible work."

The Best Female Chef Award series continues to recognise industry-leading 
female chefs blazing a trail for their peers. 

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