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Chef Benjamin Murray of Immigrant Food fosters “gastroadvocacy” [Video]

Chef Benjamin Murray of Immigrant Food continues the mission of “Gastroadvocacy” at the unique D.C. restaurant.

WASHINGTON — Since taking over as the executive chef in 2023, Benjamin Murray has curated the menu at Immigrant Food to encompass an expansive global taste, representing what the restaurant’s name is all about. 

As a native of Japan, Chef Murray included menu items inspired by his culture, whether it’s as simple as a miso Caesar salad or his take on a takoyaki or a Japanese-influenced meatballs.

More than a year since his introduction to the District, Murray is helping elevate the restaurant’s mission of “Gastroadvocacy,” at a time when attention on immigration seems more important than ever.

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, and Murray said recognizing what the month is all about means acknowledging the experience and accomplishments of the immigrant community in our country.

“We celebrate, educate, …

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