Story #056 – Mario Limaduran

NAME: Mario Limaduran

CULINARY SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Johnson & Wales University, North Miami, FL & Denver, CO


Chef Mario Limaduran


Chef Mario Limaduran is a native of Bolivia and immigrated to California when he was 14 years old. Raised in a hospitality-driven family, Mario’s love of food first began when his grandmother helped him make pizza for his classmates as a young boy. From that moment, combined with an infatuation with the movie Ratatouille, Mario fell in love with the feeling of making people happy through culinary arts.

Chef Mario attended both the North Miami and Denver campuses of Johnson and Wales University, receiving an associate’s degree in culinary arts and a bachelor’s degree in culinary nutrition. The culinary nutrition program at JWU empowered Mario with the knowledge to succeed within the sports performance world and develop a world-class program for the UFC and the Sacramento Kings, as well as the necessary knowledge to do food product research and development.

Chef Mario’s culinary nutrition career continues today at Trifecta, where he recently developed a training program to empower culinary teams around the world who work within the sports performance field to educate and implement the unique method to personalize every meal to an athlete’s personal needs. As their executive chef, he leads Trifecta’s Research and Development Department and has helped grow the company into becoming the largest organic meal delivery service in the United States. His vision today is rooted in the desire to disrupt the world as it’s known and leave a long-lasting legacy in the food, health, and sports world.

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