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Mario Chape

Big Papa

brings the smoke and spice to New York City streets and beyond with full flavored and charismatic approach.  Some say I’m a tested and true entrepreneur, easily attributed to being the son of hardworking Puerto Rican and Cuban parents.  Mom set the bar high for me to graduate with my B.A from the prestigious Providence campus of Johnson & Wales University.  Early kitchen roots in Americas Corporate brands. 


In 2010 I was inspired to bring my experience to the world expressing my Latino roots in the age old traditions of barbecue and barbacoa. This has opened up my own voice to tell the story of ME and my history.  Infusing my brisket or ribs with the flavors of my past like sour oranges, garlic, onion.

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Food Truck

You can find my 20 ft smoker all summer long in New York City.  At any point I could be representing at Food Networks Food and Wine festival, participating in the national barbecue circuit with heavy hitters like Ubons at the James Beard House or just up the block on Madison Avenue flipping 200lb hogs at the Big Apple BBQ. This Is what I was breed for and this has become my story to tell.

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Culinary Curation

Working closely with charcoal roasting box manufacturers over the years allows me to deliver consistent quality asadora for my private events, catering and, brand building opportunities. I’m looking to take my experiences and community to new brands that align with my story.


Bringing my story to others means full community immersion and giving back:

· My own “Feed the Family” community fridge, a place to drop off or pick up food

· Planning a Non-Profit culinary community center to give folks opportunity to further themselves in culinary business education

· Culinary Economic empowerment plan, a business development plan for a path of entrepreneurship through mentoring

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How Can BigPapaSmokem Serve YOU Today

Pop Up Food Truck

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Private Events

Corporate Events



Caja China Experience
Want to host your own Caja China Pig Roast at your next event? . A pig roast is traditionally an oversize barbecue featuring a hog that attendees dig into.

From seasoning to spices and merch. Check out the BigPapa Shop to get your cooking needs and swag on. 




Culinary Access Program

A NJ based culinary program that provides culinary resources to provide know how and economic empowerment to minority communities.


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