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Pagan

Mario is the owner of three of the finest restaurants in San Juan, Puerto Rico, MARIO PAGAN, his flagship restaurant and SAGE Steak Loft at Olive Boutique Hotel, both located in Condado. He’s also the Executive Chef at the Dorado Beach & Golf Resort in which he oversees MELAO by Mario Pagan his most recent restaurant opened after hurricane Maria. His dedication on introducing Modern Puerto Rican & Caribbean flavors to the rest of the world will be again day viewed at RAYA, his latest exploration into Carib-Asian fair set to open on December... READ MORE

Mario is the owner of three of the finest restaurants in San Juan, Puerto Rico, MARIO PAGAN, his flagship restaurant and SAGE Steak Loft at Olive Boutique Hotel, both located in Condado. He’s also the Executive Chef at the Dorado Beach & Golf Resort in which he oversees MELAO by Mario Pagan his most recent restaurant opened after hurricane Maria. His dedication on introducing Modern Puerto Rican & Caribbean flavors to the rest of the world will be again day viewed at RAYA, his latest exploration into Carib-Asian fair set to open on December 2018 at the new OLV Hotel in Condado.

Mario’s passion for cooking began while watching all the women in his family prepare Caribbean influenced meals in his childhood. In 1992 while in Miami on his second year of Architectural school, he decided to make a career change to pursue his passion for food and enrolled at Johnson & Wales University. He then went on to hone his skills in the kitchens of well known Chefs such as Carmen Gonzalez, Pascal Oudin, the great Norman Van Aken and who he considers his mentor, Alfredo Ayala founder of CHAYOTE restaurant, that became he’s first owned restaurant. He then went to open LEMONGRASS pan asian latino and also LAUREL kitchen art bar at the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico.
He’s a member of the State Department’s Culinary Diplomacy Partnership and was featured at the Milan 2015 Expo. He’s also a member of an army of chefs recruited by the James Beard Foundation and Chefs Collaborative to spread the word on sustainability and food consciousness all over the World.
He has always been involved in helping children based organization’s like St Jude’s Children Hospital for their annual gala in Puerto Rico and he’s own charity “Play it Forward with Mario & Friends” were he raises awareness and toys for foster kids on the island.

Mario was a featured chef on Food Network’s “NEXT IRON CHEF” third season. He also hosted two cooking television series on FOX Latino, “Sabores de Ensueño” and “Boricuas” and also co-writer of books like “Cocinas del Mundo del Caribe” and “La Gran Cocina Caribeña”. His most recent collaboration on “WASTE NOT”, a book by the James Beard Foundation on food waste is coming out in September 2018.
One of the most recent and important collaborations have been with his friend Chef José Andres on creating awareness and support for World Central Kitchen and Chefs For Puerto Rico.

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