Eva Longoria, the norteno group Los Tigres Del Norte and Chef Jose Andres are among a group of Latinos who will receive this year’s Hispanic Heritage Awards.
The awards, presented by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, will also honor actor/ director Diego Luna and singer Lucero.
Longoria, who will be bestowed the Community Award, came to prominence after starring on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and has become more political in recent years. She campaigned for President Barack Obama this past election.
Los Tigres Del Norte have had a storied career in Latino music and are based out of San Jose, Calif., with roots in Mexico. They will be given the Legend Award.
Luna, a Mexican national, is currently directing a biographical film on the life of worker’s rights activist Cesar Chavez.
Since opening his first restaurant, Amada, in 2005, Chef Jose Garces, who will receive the design award, has become one of the nation’s most talented high-profile Latino chefs.
He’s opened eight more restaurants in both Philadelphia and Chicago, written a cookbook, Latin Evolution, and won the James Beard Foundation’s prestigious “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” award.
In 2010, Garces won Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, making him one of just seven chefs in the country to hold the prestigious title of Iron Chef America.
NASCAR’s Juan Pablo Montoya will be given the Sports Award. Montoya was dropped this week by his Earnhardt Ganassi racing team for underperforming throughout his NASCAR career. His future is uncertain.
Montoya’s NASCAR sponsor, Target, is the sponsor of the event.
“The Hispanic Heritage Awards are proud to honor yet another inspiring group of Latino leaders,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “The Hispanic community has made significant contributions throughout history on America and the world and it’s an honor to be an organization established by the White House to recognize that impact.”
The event takes place Sept. 5 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
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