Leo: Latin America's Best Female Chef
A pioneer in the local movement to promote Colombian cuisine by showcasing its rarest ingredients, chef Leonor Espinosa is the female equivalent of Peru’s Gaston Acurio.
Espinosa’s work spans over a decade of introducing unexpected elements like fermented coca, pirarucú (an Amazonian fish), crushed ants, and other savory surprises at her Bogotá restaurant, Leo. Her dishes evoke tradition while utterly redefining it, and this has granted her international status in addition to elevating Colombia’s gastronomy.
For her most recent culinary proposal at Leo, entitled Ciclo-Biome, Espinosa and her daughter, Laura Hernández-Espinosa, examined the diverse Colombian ecosystems in search of potential species to incorporate into their cuisine.
Supported by biologists, producers and farmers, the result is an arrangement of local products that recall and honor ancestral flavors.
Ultimately, the goal of the mother-daughter duo is to support the well-being of small producers and their communities by introducing these flavors directly onto the palates of open-minded locals and curious tourists. restauranteleo.com