South America Living

El Cielo

Bogota, Colombia

A lesson in neuroscience awaits


Not to be confused with the Argentine footballer of the same name, chef Juan Manuel Barrientos is responsible for some striking cooking nonetheless.

One of Colombia’s rising stars, Barrientos was last year named the country’s third best chef by La Barra magazine at the age of just 29 and his restaurant El Cielo has become one of the hottest tables in town thanks to his precocious talent behind the stove.

The chef’s creative style has been inspired by the likes of El Bulli and Arzak in Spain but also a desire to combine the schools of cooking and neuroscience. At El Cielo, Barrientos is concerned not only with making his food taste delicious but also how it makes his customers feel and what emotions it awakes in them, a similar approach to the brothers Roca at El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. Relax in one of the restaurant’s leather-backed chairs as the sun shines through the glass ceiling and the wall of plants soothes your soul – and let Barrientos play with your palate and your mind.

On the pass:

Juan Manuel Barrientos

Style of food:

Experimental using Colombian ingredients

Standout dish:

Chocolate therapy


Zona G: Calle 70 4-47, Bogata

+57 1 703 55 85


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