Latinos in the Quad Cities: 20 Questions


juan_chef1.Name: Juan Hernandez

2.Birth date:  12/05/1978

3.Occupation:  Souse Chef

4.Hometown:Toluca, Mexico

5.Favorite food: Mexican and Italian

6.Family:  Wife Sylvia sons Angel and Alex and daughter Arianna

7.Favorite music:  All kinds depending on the mood

8.Favorite book:  Juventud en Extasis by Cuauhtémoc Sanchez

9.Favorite movie:   Training Day and Man On Fire, Blood in Blood, Blood Out

10.Famous person living or dead, I’d like to meet:  George Lopez

11.In my spare time, I like to:  Spend time with family and work on his Impala

12.If I could change one thing, I’d:  Control my temper better

13.Peak experience:  Birth of daughter

14.Pit experience:  Death of father

15.Favorite vacation spot:  Mothers house w/ all the food

16.One thing I feel strongly about:  Working hard to achieve your dreams

17.Most people don’t know:  That I have a bad temper

18.I can’t stand:  Lazy people

19.I wish I knew how to:  Know more about mechanics and more about cooking

20.Motto or favorite quote:  If you work hard, you can achieve what you want.

Juan Hernandez is currently the souse chef at Steventon’s Fine Dining restaurant in LeClaire, IA.  Juan has worked his way up the kitchen ranks starting as a dishwasher in Chicago to the position he has today.  While working in Chicago kitchens, he has been fortunate enough to meet and cook for many celebrities and athletes like Jorge Campos, Michael Jordan, and Sammy Sosa.  Juan has had some hard times growing up Mexico and migrating to the United States but has pulled himself through the hard times and looks forward to the day that he will someday have his own restaurant.

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