The Next Iron Chef Hails from Puerto Rico

They finally announced the chefs for seaon three of The Next Iron Chef, and we're really excited to have another Latino, Mario Pagan, (last season Jose Garces won!) to represent on the show.  "I'm really excited; I'm really happy that it's finally coming out and hopefully I'll do a good job," says the Puerto Rican chef and owner of restaurants Lemongrass and Chayote. Pagan explains that after receiving a James Beard Award, he was contacted by the show and one of his dreams came to reality.

We'll just have to wait and see how things turn out' but one thing we do know is that Pagan doesn't play the quiet nor the loud role on the show. "I play the Puerto Rican one" he says laughing aloud.

TNIC premieres on October 3rd at 9pm on the Food Network.

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Verky Arcos, Fashion Director

A  writer and editor with expertise in fashion and lifestyle coverage, Verky Baldonado is currently Latina magazine's Fashion Director. Baldonado has written Latin-inspired travel and food related content and has contributed to celebrity Q&As, red carpet video interviews, and the annual “Reasons to Love Being Latina” feature. Verky is U.S.-born and of Ecuadorean and Puerto Rican descent who speaks and writes fluent Spanish. Prior to Latina, Verky worked as a photo shoot coordinator at Universal/Island Def Jam Music Group. Verky holds a B.A. in Communications Arts from Montclair State University and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

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