Chef at Sage Steak Loft

Locally and internationally recognized as one of Puerto Rico's top chefs, Chef Mario Pagán became a local celebrity when he participated in Food Network’s Iron Chef and became the USA culinary ambassador in Milan.

Mario's passion for cooking began while watching his mother and grandmothers prepare Caribbean influenced meals in his childhood. While in Miami on his third year of architectural school, 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, Norman Van Aken and who he considers his mentor, Alfredo Ayala founder of CHAYOTE, Mario's first and previous restaurant.

Mario is the co- author of two books,
"Cocinas del Mundo EL CARIBE"
(Biblioteca Metropoli, 2005)

"La Gran Cocina Caribeña y sus 12 Grandes Chefs"
(La Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 2004).

Mario has always been dedicated in introducing Puerto Rican cuisine to the rest of the world.

He was recently featured on
Food Network's "The Next Iron Chef" 3rd Season

He's also the host of 2 cooking shows:
"Sabores de Ensueño"
by Fox Latino / Utilísima
16 shows

by Fox Latino / Utilísima

"Cocineros al Límite"
by Fox Telecolombia
2 shows


Conde Nast Traveller
What to Order at Puerto Rico’s Best Restaurants

Food & Wine
One of the Best Restaurants in Museums in the U.S.

Caribbean Journal
Best Restaurants in San Juan

Esquire Magazine
Island of the Damn Good Food

New York Times
Young & Talented Mario Pagan

Wall Street Journal
LAUREL Benicio del Toro's Favorite Restaurant

Miami Herald
Amazing Rum Culinary Creations

Food and Wine Magazine

Boston Globe

Chicago Tribune

Travel & Leisure 365 Best of the World

Gourmet Magazine 365 Best of the World

Taste of Tennis NYC
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Taste of Tennis NYC

Food & Wine Apen Classic
2007, 2008

The James Beard Foundation Awards Gala
2010, 2011, 2012

New York Food & Wine

Food Network's Next Iron Chef