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Joe Padilla

Puerto Rico

Chef and owner of Smoky Joe Caribbean Grill – Joe Padilla specializes in Puerto Rican barbecue including smoked pork, beef, shrimp, and lobster, but his restaurant is world renowned for paella, ever since he won world honors at an International competition in Spain.

“My passion for cooking has led me to discover the essence of true barbecue. When I discovered that the word barbecue is of Taino origin. “This led me to travel and learn different barbecue techniques all over the world. I have participated in international barbecue competitions throughout Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.