Juan was born in Guatemala and later moved to San Antonio, Texas. While there, he was fascinated and welcomed by northern Mexican food. Back in Guatemala, he was introduced and firstly inspired to traditional Guatemalan cuisine by his Grandmother. Besides ancient and simple cooking techniques, she taught him respect and a lot of love for food (especially how blessed and satisfied one should feel after every meal prepared by their hands). In 2001, by destiny he got to meet Chef Jacques Blanc (chef and owner of Le Provencal in Washington, D.C. 1965-1982). Chef Blanc mentored him for a few years and opened the door for Juan in the area of traditional French Cuisine. Juan previously worked at Country and Golf clubs around the D.C. area for about 12 years, and enjoyed the benefit of golfing while there. His major achievement has been having the honor of serving President Obama when he visited Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, VA. Juan enjoys nature as a primordial need and family time (that includes his puggle, Diego). His hobbies are collecting coins and bills and making soaps. Juan loves to see good smiles and believes in the benefits of healing through food and is an advocate of “farm to table”.