Manoella Buffara is a culinary pioneer in her city of Curibita in Brazil’s southern state of Paraná and one of the most successful figures in Latin American gastronomy. Manoella opened her restaurant Manu in 2011 and in 2018 won the Miele One To Watch Award for Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. Manoella is a strong advocate in combating waste reduction and considering the environment in food production. One of her main focusses is on food education and better nutrition for her city and its people. Through her Community Gardens project she works with local families to create gardens and grow their own produce.
Manoella spent time in her early career at some of the world’s best restaurants including Noma in Copenhangen and Alinea in Chicago. Manoela creates contemporary dishes using indigenous ingredients through her local network of artisan producers in the Paraná region.