Juliana Trujillo Escobar
Chef & Food Artist
It all started...
Born in Medellin – Colombia, may 16th of 1985. Lived there until I was 11 years old and then moved to Mexico, were I have lived here and there for the last 18 years. This period of consistent changes in my life created in me a personality with a mixture of cultures, fighting for survival within myself. All this riot of things happening and constant learning, left a deep and unconditional love for Mexico and it’s people, my people; it’s fascinating history and off course it’s gastronomy, world icon of tradition and uniqueness. All this without forgetting my roots, my homeland Colombia and all it’s significance in my life.
Since I was 18 years I’ve been working, giving myself the chance to know my strengths and weaknesses in the kitchen and at the same time, immersing in to all kind of gastronomies, places, business and much more that had to do with cooking. Each and every one of them so different, so apart and at the same time so alike. Small bistros, big restaurants, catering services, schools, french cuisine, mediterranean, haut cuisine, chocolate sculptures and much more. From owner of my own restaurant in Playa del Carmen – Riviera Maya, private chef for a high end Boutique Hotel, to executive chef at the Mexican Embassy in the United States. It’s been quite a ride, but no doubts that Sabor Creativo was the best of all, it was the most demanding, tenacious, fun and more significant experience that I have ever lived. It took 3 months of dreaming while backpacking thru Central America, plus almost 27 years of planning until the time was right.
I am positive that everything in life happens for a reason, and Sabor Creativo, just as all my other jobs, happened the way they all did because I had to find myself thru the experiences I was leaving day by day. Not until I knew what was the heart within my passion in life (cooking), that I was going to be ready for the challenge of my existence. Medicine and healing thru food, but not just talking about the nutrition part, but the art and the intention behind everything we do with love and consciousness. For me it goes beyond structures, it nests in the soul and spirit of our work. Alternative Medicines like Ayurveda, Chinese Traditional Medicine, Reiki, among others, have open new doors for me, has change the way I see food and it’s power, now I know that besides my gift, which brings good combinations in to great flavours, and the intention that I put in to the food I create, I can also give treatment to specific illness and conditions, and most important I can help the people I love and others to re-established their natural balance.
So this is me, passionate about life, art, nature, health, dreams and good food off course. I love how life shows us new things everyday, and surprises us with all that we can do and create when we really want it from the heart, without desire or lust, but with great love.
So after 10 years of walking among great experiences, I feel more than lucky, because I can say that I belong to the small group of people that their passion in life is the livelihood of their lives; to have found in the kitchen the perfect formula to express my curious and creative personality, alongside my love for the good life.