A Beautiful Kitchen

Jorge Gonzalez Sanchez, 73, speaks about his time as a chef in Cuba. AMARIS CASTILLO/Bodega Stories

Jorge Gonzalez Sanchez, 73, speaks about his time as a chef in Cuba.
AMARIS CASTILLO/Bodega Stories

Jorge Gonzalez Sanchez’s hands prepared meals for close to 60 years. Seated outside Orlando Latin Market, the 73-year-old recalled his culinary past.

His first job was at a restaurant in Artemisa, a municipality and city in Sanchez’s native Cuba. From a busy kitchen, he and his team made all kinds of dishes — everything.

“Typical Cuban food, Italian… a lot of people in Cuba love congri (Cuban rice and black beans), lechón asado (grilled pork), la yuca con mojo (yuca with marinade),” he said.

His mahogany face widened into a toothy smile.

“And their beer,” he said with a laugh.

Sanchez was 13 years old when he learned to cook. Out of all professions, he said this is what he liked the most.

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