In American restaurants, immigrants are the backbone of the kitchen. Stories include Guatemalan brothers who bring indispensable knowledge and skill to two Los Angeles institutions, Providence and Connie and Teds. Meanwhile, the Filipino food movement finds chefs of various backgrounds and professional levels embracing tradition, forming community and pushing forward the cuisine of their heritage together. Through perseverance and entrepreneurial efforts, two Mexican families strive to create a... [see more] better life and legacy for their families after immigrating to the United States. Finally, two women of Middle Eastern descent reach back into their heritage to create culinary experiences for their communities and the family behind Jun Won Restaurant faces the challenge of preserving the business theyve built over two decades when theyre forced to close.
A collective of culturally connected, distinguished chefs (including Ray Garcia of Broken Spanish, Wes Avila of Guerilla Tacos, Carlos Salgado of Taco Maria, as well as Jorge Gaviria of corn purveyor, Masienda) work to preserve heritage and push forward the Alta California Mexican food movement. By celebrating those dishes and ingredients integral to Mexico's cuisine and its economy, a group of accomplished Mexican-American chefs are working to elevate not only the food, but what people of their heritage can achieve in the food business. Featured in the episode: Guerilla Tacos, Orange County's Taco Maria, Broken Spanish, BS Taqueria