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Local chef stirs up Mongolian food

Sunnyside resident Gabriel Uribe has always loved to cook and for the past year he's been cooking up a storm at Zingis Mongolian BBQ in Sunnyside.

Uribe brought more than 10 years of experience in cooking and is a self proclaimed Mexican chef.

His favorite aspect of his current job is chatting with customers while cooking their food. At Zingis, customers build their own meals with meat, vegetables and noodles. Once the desired ingredients are compiled, the customer hands the dish to the cook. While being able to look on, customers witness their food being pushed around on a circular grill until cooked to perfection.

Uribe, originally from Mexico, moved to the United States nearly 10 years ago. After living in Los Angeles, Calif. for a few years, he made the trek to Sunnyside.

Moving to Sunnyside was a desired change of pace from the L.A. lifestyle, says Uribe.

He says, since only living in Sunnyside for nearly a year, he has gotten to know a lot of the community through his job at Zingis.

"I like everything about my job; the people, the work and the people I work with," he said.

One day, however, his dream is to own his own restaurant. He says his specialty behind the Mexican grill is chicken mole, a Mexican dish made with chicken and a special mole sauce.

But for now, area residents can witness Uribe enjoying his job and cooking their food at the local Mongolian restaurant.

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