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Celebrating Hispanic and Latinx Culinary Talent

16.09.2021, 07:47

Celebrating Hispanic and Latinx Culinary Talent

Aramark is recognising the contribution of Hispanic and Latino American employees through two initiatives dedicated to Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.

Launched by Congressman George E. Brown in 1968 in appreciation of the cultural and economic contribution of U.S. citizens whose families originated from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean and South-Central America, Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is marked annually from 15 September to 15 October.

HHM 30/30 Program

Since 2017, Aramark’s Impacto employee resource group (ERG) has selected thirty Hispanic and Latinx chefs as ‘honorees’ of a dedicated HHM 30/30 program that reflects the diverse culinary talent within the company.

Full list of 2021 HHM 30/30 Honorees

  • Alicia Rivera, Executive Chef, K-12
  • Andrew Cortez, Production Supervisor, AUS Refreshments
  • Anthony Lopez, General Manager, Sports & Entertainment
  • Belinda Belmontes, Operations Manager, Parks/Leisure
  • Brenda Gomez, Food Service Shift Supervisor, Business Dining
  • Cynthia Magdalena Morales Gatica, Chef, International
  • Daniela Andrea Mardones Ponce, Contract Assistant, International
  • Denis Franco, General Manager, Healthcare
  • Elisabeth Rodriguez, Food Service Manager, Higher Education
  • Fernando Lopez, Catering Services Coordinator, Healthcare
  • Gilbert Talamantez, Supervisor Corporate Services, Uniform Services
  • Ignacio Sanchez, Director, Strategic Development, Corrections
  • Jacqueline Chavezruiz, Food Retail Brand Location Manager, Business Dining
  • Jay Gutierrez, General Manager, Sports & Entertainment
  • Jessica Esquivias, Administrative Assistant, Higher Education
  • John Arroyo, District Manager, AUS Refreshments
  • Jose Chavez, Executive Chef, Sports & Entertainment
  • Jose Saenz, Nutrition Associate Manager, K-12
  • Lilibeth Brall, Customer Service Representative, Corporate/Avendra
  • Luis Torres, Food Service Supervisor, Healthcare
  • Manuel Ignacio Villafane Lima, Head of Human Resources, International
  • Maria Nieto, Cook, Business Dining
  • Marisol Padilla, Supervisor, Finance & Accounting, AUS Refreshments
  • Michael Cintron, Regional Sales Director, AUS
  • Richard Cintron, IT Business Analyst, Parks/Leisure
  • Salvador Aguirre, Food Service Director, Higher Education
  • Tatiana Negron, Laundry Associate Manager, Healthcare
  • Tomas Canales, Food Retail Brand Location Supervisor, Higher Education
  • Ulises De La Cruz, General Manager, Sports & Entertainment
  • Victor Carbajal, Sr. Human Resources Manager, Higher Education

Chef Spotlights

Introduced by the group earlier this year to provide guests with insights into the personal backgrounds of culinarians and the dishes that inspire them, Aramark’s “Chef Spotlight” program is also focusing on employees originating from Argentina, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, El Salvador, Uruguay and other Latino American and Caribbean countries during HHM.

Culinarians who are being featured during the Hispanic Heritage Month Chef Spotlight include:  

  • Alexander Blanco, Catering Manager, Parks/Leisure
  • Alicia Rivera, Executive Chef, K-12
  • Angel Castillo, Food Service Manager, Higher Education
  • Antonio Espinosa-Cruz, Food Service Worker, Higher Education
  • Ariel Mayorga, Executive Chef, Higher Education
  • Brenda Granados, Executive Chef, LifeWorks
  • Brent Mercado, Executive Chef, Leisure
  • Eduardo Flores, Production Chef, Higher Education
  • Efren Sosa, Executive Chef, Higher Education
  • Elizabeth Baxter, Food Service Manager, Higher Education
  • Gabe Salinas, Culinary Operations Associate, Higher Education
  • George Suarez, Executive Chef, Higher Education
  • Humberto Oliveros, Chef Manager, Higher Education
  • Ileana Medina Shelton, Chef Manager, Healthcare
  • Jensy Cervantes, Chef Manager, Higher Education
  • Jesus Moreno-Valle, Executive Chef, Higher Education
  • Joaquin Alcocer, Chef, Business Dining
  • Jorge Busso, Executive Chef, Business Dining
  • Jorge Mendez, Executive Chef, Business Dining
  • Jorge Salas, Lead Cook, LifeWorks
  • Jose Hernandez, Sous Chef, LifeWorks
  • Juan Pablo Rocha, Catering Chef, Higher Education
  • Ladislao Villarreal, Patient Production Services Manager, Healthcare
  • Michael Chapoy, Chef/PSM, Healthcare
  • Mike Casas, Chef Manager, Business Dining
  • Norilyn Rodriguez, Lead Cook, Business Dining
  • Norma Cigarroa, Cook, LifeWorks
  • Orlando Ramos III, Supervisor, Higher Education
  • Rodrigo Campos, Executive Chef, LifeWorks
  • Ruben Rivero, Cook, Business Dining
  • Stacy Campos, Food Service Director, Healthcare
  • Toni Thomas, Chef Production Manager, Higher Education
  • Tony Alcaraz, Chef, Business Dining
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