EL CHEF JUANMA: Juan Manuel Barrientos Valencia - known in the gastronomic world as Juanma and @juanmaelcielo - was born in Medellín on June 16, 1983. He is a Colombian chef, entrepreneur, and peace leader. He is the creator and founder of ElCielo restaurant chain (Medellín, Bogotá, Miami).
Being only 33 years old, Juanma has been ranked among the 50 best chefs in Latin America by the San Peregrino 50BestLA List, the youngest included in the ranking, in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He is one of the five chefs with the most Influence and followers in social media.
He began his career alongside the renowned chefs Iwao Komiyama (Argentina) and Juan Mari Arzak (Spain). At age 23, when he returned to Colombia from Europe, he opened the doors of his first ElCielo Restaurant in Medellín. He created it inspired by the Colombian cuisine using his creativity, avant-garde cooking techniques and his neuroscience knowledge to create a unique offer with tasting menus that arouse emotions.
In 2011 ElCielo Bogotá opened its doors and in 2015 ElCielo Miami did likewise. He has also created the restaurants Blanco, Iwao and La Serenissima Venezia in Medellín and Bogotá, as well as the ElCielo Foundation and El-Cielo Catering company. In 2014, he participated as jury on the Colombian version of The Taste. He was also invited as an advisor to Master Chef Poland,2016.