For Juan Murguia, cooking with his family is a celebration and a time of comfort. He, his parents and his grandmother share a “mutual love for food,” and time in the kitchen has turned into an important part of their daily lives.
While his family is close now, 19-year-old Murguia told TODAY’s Craig Melvin that it hasn’t always been that way: There used to be “a lot of conflict” and “a lot of fighting” in the family, and his parents didn’t get along to the degree that Murguia “couldn’t speak either of their names in a different household.” The family divisions led him to focus on cooking.
“Food is the one thing that’ll never turn its back on me,” Murguia said. “You get lost in your own world with cooking and it’s like something takes your mind away from everything completely. Family left but the food stayed. It’s something