Celebrity chefs close restaurants in support of #ADayWithoutImmigrants
The call for support for "A Day Without Immigrants" has hit the restaurant community with tremendous impact.
The social justice movement, held Thursday to show just how much our society depends on an immigrant-based workforce, started in Washington DC but has spread to the restaurant industry on a more national level.
Celebrity chefs like Jose Andres, Rick Bayless and Eric and Bruce Bromberg have closed many of their restaurants in support of the cause.
Wbtv reports Andres is currently in embroiled in a lawsuit with Trump over a restaurant lease. Andres says, "I am an immigrant myself and a Hispanic Mexican myself[...]We have people that are part of the DNA. They are working on golf courses – maybe owned by Mr. Trump himself – in restaurants, in farms."
Andres expects to lose almost $100,000 as a result of today's closures, but the impact of the movement is more important to him than the cash.
Other big names in the food business, like Tom Colichio and Mario Batali, are vocally supporting staff who are not coming into work today to call attention to the cause.
The reaction on social media has been largely, if not entirely, positive.
Wbtv also reports,"Immigrants accounted for 7.1 million of U.S. restaurant workers in 2015, compared to 5.1 million who were born in the country."
And without any of them, it looks like the food industry in this country would be in dire straits.
It's some food for thought.