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Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes Latino culture

The National Restaurant Association is recognizing the contributions of Latino leaders in foodservice during Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through mid-October.

To celebrate their accomplishments, the NRA is recognizing those leaders in a series of videos, profiles, social media and digital content. All of it will be housed at AmericaWorksHere.org/CelebrateHHM, a new site. Profiles of celebrity chefs, including José Andrés, Aarón Sánchez and Lorena Garcia, among others, will focus on how Latin culture has affected their careers, businesses and food trends in the United States.

“Hispanics have made significant contributions to foodservice leadership across our country and also to the U.S. economy and our communities as well,” said Dawn Sweeney, the NRA’s president and CEO. “We are pleased to be able to showcase these leaders and their contributions to our industry.”

According to U.S. Census data, one quarter of the restaurant industry workforce is Hispanic, serving in various roles from entry-level to management to ownership. The data further concludes that restaurants employ more Hispanic managers than any other industry, one-fifth of managers and supervisors are Hispanic, and nearly one in four chefs are Latino.

“It is gratifying to be able to share the stories of our colleagues and friends, who with a strong commitment to leadership, hard work and service, positively impact our industry,” Sweeney said.

Celebrity chef Sánchez said his culture and heritage have greatly influenced his life and the food he creates.

“It’s so important for me to honor Latin culture and traditions,” Sanchez said. “I find that as I’m getting older, I’m reverting back to simpler foods and doing things the way that my mom and grandmother taught me. But it’s also important to make the food your own.”

Visit America Works Here to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and about all of the opportunities the restaurant industry provides.

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