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U.S. Pork Seminars in Panama, Honduras Educate HRI Professionals

Working to demonstrate the quality and versatility of U.S. pork to the Central American hotel, restaurant and institutional (HRI) sector, USMEF recently conducted cutting and cooking seminars in Panama and Honduras. The seminars, funded by the National Pork Board, covered the attributes and advantages of U.S. pork, as well as the proper storage and handling of specific cuts.

Employees of foodservice companies in Honduras receive training on the preparation and cooking of U.S. St. Louis-style pork ribs

Employees of foodservice companies in Honduras receive training on the preparation and cooking of U.S. St. Louis-style pork ribs

“We realize how important it is for the staff of hotels and restaurants to be familiar with the various cuts of U.S. pork and how to prepare and cook each cut properly,” said Lucia Ruano, USMEF representative in Central America and the Dominican Republic. “There are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about how to cook pork across the region, so this was an opportunity to demonstrate how to bring out the great flavor of U.S. pork. We invited kitchen managers and purchasing managers, along with other decision-makers for these HRI companies.”

In Panama, more than 50 employees of the Proserv, Pretelt and Monte Azul foodservice companies participated in the seminar.

“The ultimate goal is for these people to go back to work and share information about U.S. pork – how to handle it and how to cook it properly,” explained Ruano. “Each of these companies has been working in the market for 15 to 20 years, offering services to hotels, restaurants and related businesses, so the seminar attendees represented a lot of experience in the HRI industry.”

USMEF consultant Saul Bueso opened each seminar with an overview of the U.S. pork industry, explaining the breeds of hogs raised in the U.S. and other details on U.S. production practices.

Chef Alonso Williams demonstrates proper cooking of U.S. pork ribs for staff members of HRI companies in Panama

Chef Alonso Williams demonstrates proper cooking of U.S. pork ribs for staff members of HRI companies in Panama

In Panama, Chef Alonso Williams demonstrated proper cooking processes and offered professional tips for preparing popular recipes, including pork loin stuffed with herbs and baby back ribs.

USMEF consultant Saul Bueso provided an overview of the U.S. pork industry and explained the advantages and attributes of U.S. pork at USMEF seminars in Panama and Honduras

USMEF consultant Saul Bueso provided an overview of the U.S. pork industry and explained the advantages and attributes of U.S. pork at USMEF seminars in Panama and Honduras

In Honduras, chefs, grill cooks and servers at the El Manzano restaurant attended the USMEF seminar. As in Panama, Bueso share information about the origins of U.S. pork, while USMEF Chef Pablo Lou explained the cooking process and offered several recipe tips, with a specific focus on St. Louis-style ribs.