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Manoella “Manu” Buffara, chef-owner of Manu, a restaurant that has singlehandedly put Curitiba, Brazil on the map and exposed food lovers to its culinary scene, graces our podcast to gives us insight into the city and her approach as a chef through her work.
Beaches, caipirinhas, açaí, and the Amazon are probably just a few things that come to mind when Brazil is mentioned, but there is so much more to this diverse nation than our preconceptions.
Being Latin America’s largest country, it’s layered with both international and indigenous influences, history, experiences and cuisine across its different regions.
Curitiba, where the restaurant is located in the southern part of Brazil, is most sought after for its agricultural biodiversity and farming lands — something Manu is deeply integrated in.
Manu has become known around the globe as a figure that leads by example. Not only has she created a sustainable ecosystem in her restaurant through responsibly sourced products, she’s dedicated her time to create farming programs that educate local underserved communities. Her efforts have also extended into installing over 4,000 beehives in the region, transforming 89 abandoned sites into urban gardens, and her support of local artisans.
We go in depth about what drives her passion, her restaurant, and the importance of why chefs need to share information with their family, friends, and community. In addition, she gives us a glimpse into her 2nd restaurant Ella which is slated to open mid 2022 in Chelsea, NY.