Thank you Chef Meez. Well said. Finally, another person who is taking my content for what it is for and nothing more.
I grew up in a very multicultural area. I have learned to embrace cultures from all over the world at a very young age. So do not insinuate that I am objected to embracing other cultures other than my own. And I, too, am a minority, a child of immigrant parents, mother tongue was not English…so I am not oblivious to what it means to adapt.
Foodnfoto, to your comment of “how many of these people I actually know”, as Chef Meez mentioned, I speak from my own experience,- in the kitchens I have worked in the past and the kitchen that I work in now. And if “what others do” affects the overall well-being of the environment, it is something I need to be concerned about (SINCE IT AFFECTS ME). In the kitchen that I work in now, I work dinner (where everyone except the dishwasher speaks English at least well enough to get by). But for the lunch crew, there are a couple of folks that do not speak it. They have trouble understanding even basic questions. They label things in Spanish (some of the items are used by both lunch and dinner crew). Situations like this is asking or assuming that others have knowledge of Spanish. And when I write vital notes on a label such as “use first” or “need to add so and so”, then what? Am I expected to go out and learn Spanish for these types of situations? Does it make more sense that I learn Spanish or they learn English (in a country where the main language spoken is English)?
Cheflayne, our country DOES make it easier for Spanish speakers compared to immigrants from other countries. Press 1 for English. Press 2 for Spanish. Where is press#### for Punjabi, Korean, German, etc.? But that is a whole other endless debate. And please don’t make this about a racial issue because it is anything but.