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Álvaro Hernández Blanco

Spanish-born content creator and producer Álvaro Hernández Blanco started out as a feature-length documentary editor before shifting gears to short-form online content.  He is the co-founder and director of the popular YouTube channel La Cooquette, which is hosted by his wife Maria and currently has over 870 thousand subscribers and 57 million views. Álvaro produced the viral sensation "Latinos don't do basic foods", which garnered over 70 million views on Facebook for Latino content page We Are Mitú. With them, he also directed the series "What's Good in your hood", a Hyundai-sponsored project which highlighted immigration stories through the local food scenes of various neighborhoods. In 2015 Álvaro produced the short documentary "Gotta Serve Somebody", about the life of a recovering gang-member in East LA, which was awarded the 1st price in the international Showing Film Festival, held in Madrid. In 2018, Alvaro collaborated with celebrity chefs Jaime & Ramiro to adapt their recipe books into a series of vibrant videos for social media. Alvaro has also recently published his first book, a long-form narrative essay titled "A migrant's musings", about the migrant caravans arriving in the city of Tijuana, where he resides.

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