Knighted by many in the industry as the "Sultan of Steak," celebrity meat man Mark Pastore has secured his name in protein history as a culinary force to be reckoned with. Loyal to the LaFriedas by blood (cousin of Pat Jr.) and in business, Pastore has served up his 10 years at Pat LaFrieda Wholesale Meat with clear swagger by growing the customer base from less than 200 to over 600.
Credited as having a large part in New York City's hamburger revolution as well as pioneering the marriage of top restaurants with family owned and operated sustainable farms. Pastore is a publicity machine. This, of course, can be attributed to the true Pastore gift - his uncanny ability to render relationships with chefs and restaurateurs. "I look at all my customers as extensions of my family. That is the only way to do business. To be able to sit around the table and share a meal with the chefs that'll cook the meat I provide - priceless," Pastore said. No one can argue that this front-man has a mind for meat and the gift of gab.