Turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce; they're usually what makes a Thanksgiving feast taste right. But for many Latinos, the meal is not complete without abuelita's best recipes. By serving dishes like tamales, pollo, rice, and maybe even some mole, Latinos personalize this traditional American day of celebration.
Chef Johnny Hernandez has spent the last 10 years promoting culinary education among Hispanics in San Antonio, Texas, so that later they can be independent and run their own businesses. Hernandez, born in San Antonio of Mexican parents, believes in the gastronomic talent and knowledge of Latinos, but is concerned that most of them won't "get out of the kitchen" and graduate as chefs.