American chef, author, and television personality, Anthony Bourdain has tasted every food known to man, and the one cuisine that he says is most undervalued is: Mexican food.
This isn't the first time Bourdain has spoken out in full support of Mexicans and all of their hard work either.
Bourdain's Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' revealed that he wants the pumpkin spice craze to die, having lunch with Obama was relaxing, and he dropped this bomb about Mexican food (again):
"I would like people really to pay more for top-quality Mexican food. I think it's the most undervalued, under appreciated world cuisine with tremendous, tremendous potential. These are in many cases really complex, wonderful sauces; particularly from Oaxaca, for instance, that date back from before Europe. I'm very excited about the possibilities for that cuisine, and I think we should pay more attention to it, learn more about it, and value it more. This is frankly a racist assumption that Mexican food or Indian food should be cheap. That's not right."
Earlier in the election year, Bourdain was one of the first to speak out against Donald Trump.
He was interviewed on "Stand Up! with Pete Dominick,” and did not hesitate to sound off on how crucial immigrants are to the food business.
"If Mr. Trump deports 11 million people or whatever he’s talking about right now, every restaurant in America would shut down,” he said.
Let's say what we're all thinking: Bourdain has been WOKE about how the U.S. reduces the work ethic of Mexican immigrants.
His dialogue on the topic isn't a one-time thing either.
Bourdain has stressed many times how undervalued Mexican immigrant workers are, even though the country relies on them more than they know.
In 2014 he used his Tumblr page to make this vital statement:
“Despite our ridiculously hypocritical attitudes towards immigration, we demand that Mexicans cook a large percentage of the food we eat, grow the ingredients we need to make that food, clean our houses, mow our lawns, wash our dishes, look after our children. As any chef will tell you, our entire service economy—the restaurant business as we know it—in most American cities, would collapse overnight without Mexican workers. Some, of course, like to claim that Mexicans are “stealing American jobs”. But in two decades as a chef and employer, I never had ONE American kid walk in my door and apply for a dishwashing job, a porter’s position—or even a job as prep cook. Mexicans do much of the work in this country that Americans, probably, simply won’t do.”
Next time you go out for #TacoTuesday or hear Trump's ignorant demonization of Mexican immigrants, remember Bourdain's words.
"In nearly 30 years of cooking professionally, just about every time I walked into a new kitchen, it was a Mexican guy who looked after me, had my back, showed me what was what, was there—and on the case—when the cooks more like me, with backgrounds like mine—ran away to go skiing or surfing—or simply “flaked,” Bourdain wrote.