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SA’s Johnny Hernandez Named One of US’ Top 5 Latino Chefs

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Congrats to one of San Antonio’s own celebrity chefs — La Gloria Ice House owner Johnny Hernandez. He was named today as one of the country’s top Latino chefs by Siempre Mujer magazine.

In addition to being chef/owner of La Gloria at the Pearl, Hernandez also is proprietor of True Flavors catering and Casa Hernan.

This note, below, was posted from Hernandez’ alma mater, the Culinary Institute of America today, and includes link to a video interview:

“Chef Johnny Hernandez, who graduated from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in 1989, was named one of the top five Latino Chefs in the United States by Siempre Mujer magazine. He is the executive chef and owner of one of San Antonio’s most popular restaurants, La Gloria Ice House, which is adjacent to the CIA’s San Antonio campus. He also owns Casa Hernán, True Flavors Catering Company, and The Fruteria. Another restaurant and his first cookbook, México Mi Gloria, are in the works.

In this interview, Chef Johnny speaks about his expanding empire and how classic Latin is the “hot” cuisine in the U.S. today. He talks about the CIA’s growing program offerings in San Antonio, including an associate degree in culinary arts and the new Latin Cuisines Certificate Program, as well as what the college’s presence means for the state of Texas. He also takes the opportunity to reflect on how his CIA education prepared him to become one of the leading chefs in Latin cuisine.”

River Walk view, from chef Johnny Hernandez’ restaurant La Gloria at the Pearl.

Hernandez also achieved national attention this year for his appearances on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef.”

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