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Mario Pagan

In 2014, Pagan was honored as a guest chef to cook at the James Beard House. He has also co-authored two books on Caribbean Cuisine and is the host of "Sabores de Ensueño" and "Boricuas," two cooking shows on Utilísima Fox Latino Network.
EVENTS
Puerto Rico Meets NYC, September 30-October 4, 2015: Puerto Rico Meets NYC (PR Meets NYC) will take place in New York from Wednesday, September 30 – Sunday, October 4 and will encompass a series of multi-day, multi-format events that celebrate the bounty and beauty of this Caribbean island’s culinary legacy. #PRMNYC
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
"Boricuas". Fox Latino Network
Chef / Host
The Next Iron Chef. Food Network
Competitor Season 3
"Sabores de Ensueño". Fox Latino Network
Chef / Host
Sage Steak Loft at Olive Boutique Hotel in Condado. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Chef / Owner
The Laurel Kitchen Art Bar. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Chef / Owner
Johnson & Wales University. Culinary Graduate
SKILLS & EXPERTISE
BOH operations
Kitchen management
Leadership
Menu development
Recipe development
Safe food handling
Staff training
Time management
TV/radio guest appearances
Mario Pagan's passion for cooking began while watching his mother and grandmothers prepare Caribbean influenced meals in his childhood. Mario has always been dedicated to introducing Puerto Rican-Caribbean influenced cuisine to the rest of the world.
GALLERY
Mario Pagan
Mario Pagan
San Juan
Puerto Rico

The Laurel Nuevo Caribe Kitchen Art Bar / Sage Steak Loft
Chef / Owner


Mario Pagan's passion for cooking began while watching his mother and grandmothers prepare Caribbean influenced meals in his childhood. In 1994, while in his second year of Architectural school in Miami, he decided to pursue his passion for the culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University.   He then went on to hone his skills in the kitchens of known chefs such as Carmen Gonzalez, Pascal Oudin, and Norman Van Aken. Mario’s first and last experiences were under Alfredo Ayala, Mario’s mentor and founder of Chayote in San Juan. Since then, Mario has always been dedicated to introducing Puerto Rican-Caribbean influenced cuisine to the rest of the world.   Now locally and internationally recognized as one of Puerto Rico's top chefs, Mario Pagan is the owner of two of the finest restaurants in San Juan, Puerto Rico: The Laurel Nuevo Caribe Kitchen Art Bar located at the Puerto Rico Museum of Art and the newly opened Sage Steak Loft at Olive Boutique Hotel in Condado.   Pagan has been lauded in an array of publications such as Food and Wine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Esquire Magazine, and Travel and Leisure. In 2014, Pagan was honored as a guest chef to cook at the James Beard House. He has also co-authored two books on Caribbean Cuisine and is the host of "Sabores de Ensueño" and "Boricuas," two cooking shows on Utilísima Fox Latino Network.