Experience the Flavors of Puerto Rico

With its rich history and melting pot of cultures, Puerto Rico possesses one of the most dynamic culinary and cocktail scenes in the Caribbean, if not the world. Combining traditional flavors, sustainable farming methods and trendy dining concepts, chefs across the Island are reinventing those classic abuelita dishes and infusing a uniquely Puerto Rican passion into everything they make. 

Chef Mario Pagán represents Puerto Rico at the 39th Annual Food & Wine Classic, where he showcases his inventive take on Boricua dishes and drinks. Explore his epicurean creations below, and delve into more culinary experiences that await you in Puerto Rico.

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Presented by ​​​​​​Chef Mario Pagán, Discover Puerto Rico and Rums of Puerto Rico.

Chef Mario Pagán.

Meet Chef Mario Pagán

Mario Pagán is one of Puerto Rico’s most acclaimed chefs and is known for his unique, modern spins on traditional Puerto Rican and Caribbean dishes. His passion for cooking began at a young age watching the women in his family cook traditional meals. In 1992, Mario decided to pursue his passion for food and enrolled in Johnson & Wales University. He went on to study under many well-known chefs, including Carmen Gonzalez, Norman Van Aken, and his mentor, Alfredo Ayala. Today, Mario owns three fine dining restaurants in San Juan: MARIO PAGÁNhis flagship restaurant; SAGE Steak Loft at Olive Boutique Hotel; and La Central by Mario Pagán at Distrito T-Mobile. He is also the executive chef at RAYA and Melao. Mario is a member of the James Beard Foundation's State Department Culinary Diplomacy Chefs Partnership and was featured on season three of Food Network's Next Iron Chef.

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Make It at Home:

Coconut Sofrito Shrimp Cake and Coco y Piña Cocktail

Try two of Chef Mario Pagán's delicious recipes from the Food & Wine Classic in the comfort of your own kitchen!

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The Rum Capital of the World

Puerto Rico's cocktail scene has evolved right alongside our culinary scene, with mixologists shaking things up at world-renowned bars such as La Factoría, named one of the Top 50 Bars in the World.

In 1948, the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company established the Rums of Puerto Rico to promote rum produced on the Island and to ensure that these rums meet a set of specific standards, keeping the integrity of Puerto Rican rum alive. Rums of Puerto Rico works with several local distillers that meet their standards, including Don Q, BACARDÍ and Ron del Barrilito, to actively market their products to rum aficionados all over the world. Rums of Puerto Rico served as one of Discover Puerto Rico's main sponsors for the 2022 Food & Wine Classic.

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Did you know? 70% of the rum consumed in the U.S. is produced in Puerto Rico.

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