Culinary heavyweight Juan Manuel Barrientos Valencia, also widely known as chef Juanma, is the Colombian chef using his artistry to garner both fame and coveted Michelin stars.
The award-winning chef has just celebrated his Miami restaurant, Elcielo, retaining its prestigious Michelin star for a second consecutive year, as well as his ambassadorship for Gaggenau, and for being named as a member of the exclusive Black Jacket Society.
Chef Juanma has travelled the world, bringing sensory experiences and unique flavors and textures. His modern cooking techniques have revolutionised traditional Colombian cuisine, and his empire of restaurants and bars has grown across the USA and Latin America, as he now holds two Michelin stars in the Michelin Guide. Sofia Vergara has even named him her favourite Colombian chef.
He recently worked alongside chef Massimo Bottura at Miami’s Formula One weekend, and you can see him on the judging panel on Telemundo’s Top Chef VIP.
We sat down with the talented chef, businessman and entrepreneur to find out a little more.