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Did You Know that Mexican Food is Officially Recognized as Culturally Important?

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Guys, Mexican food is a thing. What? You already knew that? Duh. But the rest of the world didn’t.

Famed Mexican chef, Margarita Carrillo Arronte, sat down with Pati Jinchi of The Splendid Table and talked about one of Mexico’s highest food honors — and about one of the biggest cooking taboos becoming a thing of the past. Let’s start there.

“Los hombres en la cocina huelen a cuacha de gallina,” Arronte remembers her grandmother saying. Roughly translated it means, “Men in the kitchen smell like hen’s poop.”

That’s right. One of Mexico’s most famous chefs was raised thinking men don’t belong in the kitchen other than to “carry the heavy cazuelas.” But the UNESCO award winning chef says that mentality is seeing its last days. Some of the best up-and-coming chefs in Mexico are young and male.

READ: How this Adorable Cooking Nun Became a Mexican Pop Culture Icon

Arronte also talks to Jinchi about how she has been working with a small group of historians and other chefs to have the United Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognize Mexican cooking…and it’s official. UNESCO has recognized Mexican food for cultural heritage. So, we could say tacos are SUPER important, culturally speaking.

Listen to the Full Podcast Below (or skip to 11:40 to start where we get to talk Mexico):

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Now eating all those tamales is cultural appreciation, not just gluttony. Don’t forget to share this story by clicking the button below!

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For the Doubters, Here is a Sick Stat on Latinos and School

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For the Doubters, Here is a Sick Stat on Latinos and School

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Time to throw those caps in the air! Since the graduating year of 2011, more and more Latinos are graduating high school across the country.

In fact, high school rates have been breaking records four years in a row. With the rate standing at 76.3 percent in 2014, there was more than 5-point increase compared to the school year 2010-2011.

READ: These Immigrant Parents Worked Their Asses Off in the US and Now Two of their Kids Are in Ivy League Schools

It’s even higher in Texas, where the rate is 84.2 percent, and in California with a 77 percent for the 2013-2014 school year. There’s also a spike among English learners where the rate stands at 62.6 percent compared to 57 percent in 2010-2011.

No doubt, la educación hace la diferencia!

Read more about Latinos graduating from NBC News here.

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