Chef Spotlight Celebrates: Hispanic Heritage Month
We’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by shining the light on great Hispanic & Latinx chefs within our Lifeworks family. Inspired by family, community, and heritage, they’re doing more than making meals; they’re sharing the flavor of their culture. Each day this week, we’ll introduce you to one of our chefs along with one of their favorite recipes.
Brenda is an Executive Chef that credits her work ethic to her mother and her cooking to her grandmother and aunts. Brenda shares her story to inspire other young Latinos and Latinas, who feel like they have always been in the shadows of the kitchen, to move into the spotlight!
“Don’t be afraid to be seen. Don’t be afraid to be successful. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and for what you feel is right.” -Chef Brenda
Chef Brenda has a delightful Indian Taco recipe to share. You can download it HERE!
As a native of Acapulco, Mexico, Jorge’s favorite food is Cochinita Pibil! After getting his degree in food technology, Jorge fell in love with working in the kitchen and the comradery that goes with it. His advice to other Hispanic & Latinx culinarians is to “set goals high and work really hard to achieve them.”
You can download Chef Jorge’s favorite Conchinita Pibil HERE!
Jose started cooking at a young age to feed his large family and took a job in a kitchen to make money to finish his education. He loves cooking with Italian flavors but is heavily influenced by his mother’s cooking and the Mexican region where he was raised. Jose’s advice to other Hispanic & Latinx culinarians is to, “lead by example, learn something every day, try new things, and taste everything!”
In an effort to share the flavor of his culture, Chef Jose has a fantastic recipe for Chicken Rellenos. You can find the recipe HERE.
Born and raised in Durango, Mexico, Norma became a single mother of three in 2001 and needed to find work. Cooking was a skill she had learned over the years, and without any experience in the US workforce, she accepted an opportunity to work in a kitchen to feed her children. Over the years, she has learned so much from her coworkers, and she feels privileged to be part of their lives. “It doesn’t matter where you came from, you can always find knowledge in something tastefully satisfying.”
You don’t want to miss Chef Norma’s recipe for Cigarroa Empanadas. Download it HERE and try it out yourself. You won’t be disappointed!
Growing up in Argentina, Rodrigo learned his way around the kitchen from his Grandmother. She taught him to bring fun and build comradery in the kitchen. Rodrigo’s advice is to, “try everything. Be willing to try things that you said you’d never try. Be open-minded to other cuisines, write everything down; ideas, thoughts and flavors. And most importantly, there’s no room for egos. Allow yourself to be coachable and take in everything that you can.”
Chef Rodrigo has a wonderful recipe for Pollo Asado he’s love for you to try. You can download it HERE.