For his part, Chef Paxx expressed that he was taken by surprise by the large number of Puerto Rican businesses that are part of this first list of semi finalists. “ I feel a great pride in seeing so much Puerto Rican representation on the list. It was the first thing I saw when I woke up in the morning and the happiness is immense,” he said. “This is something we’ve been able to achieve thanks to our entire team. We are the first queer cuisine to accomplish this in Puerto Rico and it feels incredible,” added Jungle Bao Bao’s chef, a kitchen that operates within JungleBird, in Santurce.