Thursday, February 16, 2017

Anthony Bourdain: "Every restaurant in America would shut down" without immigrants

a day without immigrants
Like to eat out? Thank an immigrant!

Today the nation "celebrated" an informal and impromptu holiday: a “Day without Immigrants.” Immigrants stayed home from work and school, giving the nation a taste of life without them. Restaurants across the nation closed today. We'd been warned by TV's Chef Bourdain.

SiriusXM host Pete Dominick has interviewed celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain. He has strong opinions on how the restaurant industry in the US would suffer should President Donald Trump deport 11 million immigrants.

“Every restaurant in America would shut down,” Bourdain responded. 

Although people bandy about the complaint that immigrants are "taking our jobs" Bourdain says that's not the case in the restaurant industry. According to Bourdain, part of the problem is that in his 30 years in the restaurant business,

“not once did anyone walk into my restaurant – any American-born kid – walk into my restaurant and say I’d like a job as a night porter or a dishwasher. Even a prep cook – few and far between. Just not willing to start at the bottom like that.”
Bourdain continued to say: 
"I grew up in the restaurant business – thirty years in the restaurant business. I came out of, like a lot of other white kids, I rolled out of a prestigious culinary institute and went to work in real restaurants. I walked into restaurants and always, the person who had been there the longest, who took the time to show me how it was done, was always Mexican or Central American. The backbone of the industry – meaning most of the people in my experience cooking, preparing your food. Twenty of those years in this business I was an employer, I was a manager employer... 

"If Mr. Trump deports 11 million people or whatever he’s talking about right now –

DOMINICK: Would restaurants close?

BOURDAIN: Every restaurant in America would shut down.

Thanks to SiriusXM and SiriusXM’s Pete Dominick for show quotes and permission to reprint. Listen to the entire interview here:

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