Chef Yun Fuentes - Alma de Cuba, 1623 Walnut Street, (215) 988-1799, almadecubarestaurant.com
After cutting his teeth on his home turf of Puerto Rico, where he cooked in kitchens throughout Old San Juan, Fuentes moved to New York City, learning under chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and working for free in two of Daniel Boulud's kitchens to hone his culinary chops. The former chef de cuisine at Jose Garces' Tinto and Village Whiskey has found a home at Stephen Starr's long-running Alma de Cuba, executing executive chef Douglas Rodriguez's exacting vision of Nuevo Latino cuisine. These days include everything from innovative ceviches to creative spins on classic rustic Cuban dishes like vaca frita and Lechon Asado.
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Philadelphia's Latino Chefs & restaurateurs - Philly's national reputation as a thriving, open-to-all city extends to its flourishing culinary scene, which features many executive chefs of Latin descent. From nationally renowned luminaries with multiple successful restaurants (Jose Garces, Guillermo Pernot) to upstarts making a solid name for themselves here (Jezabel Careaga, Adan Trinidad, Cristina Martinez), these talented chefs come from all over Latin America, the Caribbean, and South America, bringing a highly diverse set of flavors and traditions to the communal table
7 Facts About Philadelphia's Latino Community - Philly honors Hispanic culture with food, fun, and fiestas throughout the year. Revelers can catch the Latino spirit at the Mexican Independence Day Festival on Penn's Landing and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Thought the year, arts and culture lovers have more to look forward to the such as last years opening of the El Corazon Cultural Center in El Centro de Oro and the North American debut of the exhibition Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.