Only Here Podcast: A Chef Returns To His Border Roots – KPBS

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Ruffo Ibarra Arellano is a pedigreed chef.

With his resume, he could be working at some of the fanciest Michelin-star restaurants in the world.

But he chose to be here, running a restaurant in Tijuana instead.

Because Ruffo loves his roots.

And he wants his food to be infused with them.

Obviously, the coronavirus pandemic is … Read more →

Aired: April 8, 2020 | Transcript

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Ruffo Ibarra Arellano is a pedigreed chef.

With his resume, he could be working at some of the fanciest Michelin-star restaurants in the world.

But instead, he chose to return to his border roots and open a restaurant in Tijuana.

Arellano loves his hometown. And a lot of the food he cooks is inspired by the blend of ingredients found in the border land he grew up in.

In a new episode of Only Here, a KPBS podcast about the unexplored subcultures, creativity and struggles at the U.S.-Mexico border, host Alan Lilienthal continues his conversation series by talking to Arellano about how the border has influenced his food and how the chef is navigating the coronoavirus pandemic.

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Kinsee Morlan

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opening quote marksclosing quote marksI’ve lived across the border. I’ve covered art and culture at the border for more than a decade. But I still have so many questions when it comes to how the wall touches people’s lives. I bet you have questions, too. I want to know what you want to know about border culture.

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