New World Café | Coral
Max Santiago grew up in Southwest Miami. After high school,
he completed a four-year tour of service in the US Air Force
before turning to a career in culinary arts. Santiago received
a diploma in cooking from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale,
where he learned the fundamentals of cooking and pastry.
While he excelled as a chef, Santiago clicked right away
with pastry. He worked his way through a number of Florida’s
top pastry kitchens, including Mark’s on Las Olas, Max’s
Grille, Mark’s at the Park, Paramount Grille, Chef Allen’s,
and the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove. In 2003, he joined Star
Chef Norman Van Aken’s team at Mundo New World Café,
where he oversees a team in producing creative desserts and
Santiago dedicates 100% of his life to creating artful desserts.
For him, pastry is his mode of expression, and he takes his
art seriously. Organized beyond belief, he photographs every
dish and writes down every recipe he creates. He even keeps
an alphabetical book of every original recipe. Santiago’s
latest project is a line of healthy desserts that are low
carb, low fat, and gluten free.