Chef Valencia comes from humble Yungay, known as the alley of Huaylas, in Ancash, Peru. He worked his way up in Lima's most demanding kitchens, along Peru's most renowned chefs such as Coque Ossio, Marissa Guiulfo, and in restaurants such as Gaston Acurio's La Mar. He arrived in NYC to work as a private Chef in the Peruvian Embassy, where he cooked for Presidents, Ministers among other well known personalities, before landing at Panca restaurant. Highly creative and very knowledgeable about Peruvian ingredients, Chef Valencia has a unique take on Peruvian cuisine.
Emmanuel designed our menu and was Executive Chef for 3 years at Panca. A master in Novoandean techniques, Emmanuel combined his experience in 3 Michelin star rated Arzac and top Peruvian restaurants to introduce modern Peruvian cuisine in NYC.