SugaChef | Making life sweeter, one dessert at a time!


Introducing Executive Pastry Chef Padua Player, also known as SugaChef, a remarkable talent who has defied the odds and carved out his own unique path in the culinary world. Despite being the youngest of seven children, Chef Padua has found his voice and expressed himself through his lifelong passion for pastry, transforming it into a sweet and artistic success.

Chef Padua's dedication to his craft is unparalleled, and his desserts have garnered praise from esteemed individuals, including Vice President Biden. His exceptional skills have been showcased on various television shows, such as WE TV's Platinum Weddings, Food Network's Sweet Genius and Holiday Baking Championship and Cooking Channel's Cake Hunters. In 2020 Chef Padua returned to Food Network to compete in Chopped Sweets, with the legendary Queen of Cake Sylvia Weinstock as a judge. Notably, he emerged victorious in the 2013 Capital Food Fight's High Stakes Cake Battle, hosted by Duff Goldman, solidifying his reputation as a culinary force to be reckoned with.

Beyond his culinary achievements, Chef Padua is committed to giving back to the community. He generously lends his time and pastry talents to organizations such as DC Central Kitchen, where he contributes to training unemployed adults for culinary careers and providing healthy school meals. He has also been involved with Best Buddies International, an organization dedicated to fostering friendships and creating opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Additionally, Chef Padua has served as a celebrity chef judge and actively participated in Central Union Mission's HeArt & Sole charity event, which supports the homeless population in the DC Metro area.

Chef Padua's passion for pastry, his artistic flair, and his dedication to making a positive impact in the community have culminated in his own line of gourmet desserts. His delectable creations have delighted countless celebrity clientele, further solidifying his status as a sought-after pastry chef.

Through his unwavering determination and commitment to his craft, Chef Padua Player, aka SugaChef, has not only found his voice but has also become a shining example of how passion and talent can lead to sweet success.