A Latino is the new World Bread Hero USA, Overall Winner 2021. He was chosen by the TipTree Awards UK. and The International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE).
The Hero of Bread USA 2021, was born in Carmen de Viboral Antioquia, Colombia. He is the owner of Manolo’s Latin Bakery in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Manolo Betancur for his constant contribution to the community, as a social activist and philanthropist, received in November the recognition of the bread industry in the United States and England.
- Manolos Bakery has been donating a cake every two weeks to homeless people for more than 10 years through Raise You Up, which provides them with basic assistance and helps them find work: “They are also human beings and many people forget that. people”.
- In partnership with Escuela Bilingüe, World Kitchen, Bank of America, and the Methodist Church, Manolo delivered 1,500 meals a day, benefiting more than 26,000 people during the lockdown.
- He delivered 5,000 cakes to the children of doctors, nurses, firefighters and also citizens who were left jobless by the pandemic. He donated 150 thermal blankets to inhabitants of the City of Tents, where hundreds of homeless people from Charlotte took refuge.
CHARLOTTE,NC. November 29th. Manolo Betancur of Manolo’s Bakery in Charlotte, North Carolina was chosen as the overall winner of the 2021 World Bread Hero USA Awards. Manolo, arrived in the United States 20 years ago with no money, a handful of clothes and no English, has worked hard to go from washing dishes at the university to finance his studies to being recognized by Stanford University in California for the community vision of his Small Business, a prosperous business recognized today by the bakery industry in the United States and England .
After arriving from Colombia, Manolo spent his first few months working odd jobs in Miami. He then won a scholarship to study at King University, Tennessee and graduated with a BA in Modern Languages. Manolo Betancur is also an engineer, a former officer of the Navy (The Colombian Navy) The Naval Armed Forces of Colombia. Years later, Manolo moved to Charlotte, NC, where he became involved in the city’s first Hispanic bakery. In 2011 he bought that bakery and renamed it Manolo’s Bakery.
Today, the bakery, of Mexican origin and now Latin American in character, is thriving; produces more than 65 types of artisan breads and a wide variety of cakes and desserts. Manolo’s supplies baked goods to more than 100 stores, restaurants and supermarkets in North Carolina and Virginia.
Manolo Betancur, of Manolo’s Bakery in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been crowned the 2021 Overall Award Winner (above 4 more regional winners, of North American origin) as the “Bread Hero” by the Tiptree World Bread Awards. USA with the support of IBIE.
Manolo was recognized because he strongly believes and acts in support of his local community. Your business doesn’t revolve around money, it revolves around people. Its vision is: Our Bread, Our People, Our Future. Their campaign is to remind the American origin community that their bread is: Made In America, by Immigrant Hands. Like many good things in the United States. As part of its support for the local community, Manolo’s donates 10% of its profits from the busiest time of year for the bakery to a local charity.
Manolo’s Bakery donated cakes to the children of health professionals who fought against Covid 19 in the first months of the pandemic.
Another Award: For these and other donations, such as his continued participation in the solidarity activities of the Manolo Betancur community, he was also recognized last November 16 on National Philanthropy Day as one of the Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business Awards 2021:
Reflecting on what is to come, Manolo says: ‘With so much going on and all the uncertainty, many think that they cannot change what is happening around them, but with the right support, we can change our future by creating opportunities that allow us to grow and keep dreaming. ‘
The Tiptree World Bread Awards celebrate bread, the bread industry and the people behind bread: from farmers and millers to bakers and educators. Nominations for the Bread Heroes came from across the United States. “All of this year’s award nominees truly deserve recognition for their generous, thoughtful and often altruistic efforts to help others,” said Stephen Hallam, chair of the judges. In addition to the regional awards, there was a selection of special awards. These included the Tiptree Outstanding Achievement Award, the IBIE Innovation Award, the Brook Bake Dream Team Award, the Home Baker Bread Hero, and the Sustainability Hero. https://www.worldbreadawards.com/
One of the judging panel, Babette Kourelos, owner, baker and educator of Babette’s Bread said, “These stories serve as a reminder of the versatility of bread and the immense generosity of bakers.”
The award winners were announced on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at a special online awards night, celebrating the amazing efforts of the bread community.
Link al video del evento: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMf2Ej8fdns&t=2190s
The full list of winners:
Southeast (Overall Winner): Manolo Betancur of Manolo’s Bakery in Charlotte, North Carolina. Southwest: Don Guerra of Bread Barrio in Tucson, Arizona Midwest: Mo Cheeks of Bread & Justice in Madison, Wisconsin. West. (Tiptree Outstanding Achievement Award and IBIE Innovation Award): Guy Frenkel of Céor Bakery in Los Angeles, California. Northeast (and Brook Bake Dream Team Award): Shiri Reuveni-Ullrich of Rising Above Bakery in Bergen County, New Jersey. Baker Hero: Veda Karlo from New York City
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