“The Known Chef”
You cannot come into Puerto Rico and not eventually hear Chef Roberto Treviño’s name as one of the most important modern day chef’s and businessman in the island. His popularity and celebrity in the island has not only resulted because of his talents, hard work and dedication to his craft, but also because of his famous appearance on The Iron Chef battling the world renowned Chef Mario Batali. Originally from San Francisco, California - the island called Chef Treviño in the early 1990’s with the opening of the Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. In the mid 1990’s he teamed up with the owner of OOF Restaurants to establish three of Puerto Rico’s most well known restaurants in Old San Juan: The Parrot Club, Dragonfly, and Aguaviva. In 2007, Treviño admirably ventured off on his own and opened up what is conceivably one of San Juan’s best and most decorated restaurants - Budatai. Today, his business restaurant ventures have also opened up hot spots such as Bar Gitano, El Barril, and Casa Lola and is a permanent fixture on many television shows and food festivals in the island. The island has called him here for a reason, and Puerto Rico and its people are better off for it.