From the great blog Mex Files the question is asked “Where are the Mexican or Mexican American Chefs on the Food Channel Network cooking or explaining or visiting Mexican Restaurants and kitchens?” Always a sous-chef, never a chef
“… it struck me that in a country where the actual cooking in high-end restaurants is dominated by Latin Americans in general, and Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in particular, the “celebrity chef” doing the Mexican cooking against his French and Italian-American competitors was a very WASPy-seeming fellow. Nothing wrong with that of course — it’s not like you have to be a member of an ethnic group to be a great cook in that genre — but it also reminded me of the point Anthony Bourdain makes in Kitchen Confidential that almost none of the thousands of superbly skilled Mexican and Ecuadorian and Peruvian etc, cooks manning the lines ever seem to end up as head chefs or sous chefs at the fancy places they work, let alone with TV shows on the Food Network.”
Rick Bayless is a good Mexican cook and very respectful of the cuisine but he’s not a Mexican.
Paula Dean making “churros”?
I don’t know but they don’t look like the churros I’m used to seeing being made, tu sabes, with that big pot of boiling manteca and the chingadera that squeezes out the chorros of churro dough.
Here’s a Hungarian guy who runs a place called the “Iguana Restraunt” showing how to roll a cheese burrito, Huh!
You can watch Gringos, Italians, Chinese, Japanese, Texans, and Hungarians all making and talking about Mexican Food on the Food Network, my question is “Where are the Mexicans?” There is plenty of Mexican food but as usual the Mexicans are invisible!
Finally the eminent Anthony Bourdain tells it like it is, about who really does the cooking in restaurants across the country, it’s the Mexicans stupid!
Viva La Raza!