I decided to have a look into what Latino chefs are accomplishing these days and I was happy to run across some insight into the change of American culture as a result. There are a number of great restaurants in America that are either run by Latinos or the key chefs are Latino.
In the Kitchen
It all started when I went to a sushi restaurant with a friend in Atlanta. I noticed that the sushi chefs were not Japanese but Latino and, though it did not bother me I was surprised. It got me thinking that there must be a very strong Latino influence in kitchens all across America.
After all, when such great sushi can come from a Latino chef, there must be a huge variety of great foods that are backed by similar talent. I took it upon myself to learn a little bit more.
An Atlanta Restaurant
I have always noticed that there is a strong Latino population in the Atlanta, Georgia area and many of these people work in the restaurant industry. Then I found Taqueria del Sol and found out that it is owned and run by a Latino chef.
It is one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Atlanta area and locations are spreading even up to Tennessee. Eddie Hernandez, the creator and owner, came from Mexico when he was 17 years old. Originally, he wanted to be a musician so he worked that scene for a while.
Then he decided to do something different and he took a job as a server for a Mexican restaurant called El Azteca. I learned that this was owned and operated by an American man. Hernandez had to tell the owner that the Mexican food was all wrong and he ended up as head of the kitchen.
Now he owns and runs this great chain of masterful Mexican restaurants.
At the Sushi Bar
Another Atlanta establishment, the famous sushi restaurant Ru San’s, is well known for its wonderful sushi and Hibachi dishes. At the same time, a majority of its chefs are Latino. I know this from visiting the restaurants but it just goes to show that a Latino influence is strong on the restaurant scene in this city.
As it turns out, the same is true in many other cities across the country. I understand that there are Latino chefs making much more than Mexican food and they are doing a very good job of it. Many might even be surprised to know that Latinos are making Japanese food and other cuisine.
At Many Restaurants
The National Restaurant Association indicates that one in four chefs in the United States are Latino and that Hispanics comprise 25% of restaurant staff as well. It is important to note, however, that Latinos are not just working at these restaurants, they are owning them and this is on the rise.
This is a wonderful thing and shows the manifestation of the American dream. Latino influence is reaching into some of the most advanced culinary arts in the country.