Bold, Modern Latin-Forward Dining

Traditional Meets Modern at the New Latin Table

Traditional Meets Modern at the New Latin Table

Nueva Mesa Latina fuses traditional Latin flavors with a modern twist, staying true to its roots while embracing culinary innovation for a Latin-forward dining experience at Chayote Barrio Kitchen.

A Look at Chef

Mario Pagán

Mario Pagán’s passion for cooking began while watching the women in his family preparing traditional meals during his childhood in Puerto Rico. Today he owns and operates 4 of Puerto Rico’s finest and most recognized restaurants. Mario was a featured chef on Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef” Season Three.

He has also hosted two cooking television series on FOX Latino: “Sabores de Ensueño” and “Boricuas.” Mario has co-written the books “Cocinas del Mundo del Caribe” and “La Gran Cocina Caribeña.” He also collaborated on “Waste Not,” a book by the James Beard Foundation on food waste, which was published in September 2018.

Mario is a member of the James Beard Foundation’s State Department Culinary Diplomacy Chefs Partnership. Chayote Barrio Kitchen is Mario’s homage to his roots but also his voice to where Latin cuisine will go next in the United States.

Executive Chef Mario Pagán