A conversation with chef and activist Cristina Martínez

On January 8th 2019, Cristina Martínez came to Princeton to talk to the students of Spanish 107 and other members of the Department. Cristina Martínez is the owner of the renowned restaurant South Philly Barbacoa, mentioned in Bon Appetit as one of the best new restaurants in the country in 2016. She is also an activist for undocumented immigrants’ rights, especially the right to work. Her incredible story has also been featured in Univision and Netflix’s documentary Chef’s Table. A summary of her life and achievements can be found here: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/south-philly-barbacoa-cristina-martinez

Cristina talked to the students about the challenges she faced in her life and how she overcame them to succeed as an entrepreneur, and, in an inspiring speech, urged them to take actions, since they are the future of our society, and help others in any possible way. The students were moved by her words. After that, there was a 30 minute long Q&A in which many SPA107 students asked questions -in Spanish- that focused on a range of topics, for instance Cristina’s background, her work fighting against the rigidity of the food industry and her future plans to reunite with her family.

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