GOODSPEED The Tradewind Magazine | Issue 04 | May 2018

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Passion for Puerto Rico

Chef Mario Pagán is no stranger to accolades—or attention, for that matter—he’s often stopped on the streets of New York City. A bona fide Food Network star and definitive celebrity in his native Puerto Rico, Pagán is the man about town. Constantly on the go, shuttling between his three restaurants—Melao in Dorado and Mario Pagán and Sage in


San Juan—and his large catering operation, Pagán is passionate about introducing Puerto Rican cuisine to the world. From his two cookbooks to his popular cooking shows on Utilisima Fox Latino Network, his affable nature and true devotion to his homeland make him—and his beloved mafongitos—a name to be known.