Donald Trump is one of those characters who comes along and leaves nothing unchanged in his wake. If he actually becomes president and is somehow able to deport all the undocumented immigrants, it would definitely change the food world — there would be nobody to harvest the crops or work in kitchens — but has he already changed the American culinary scene at all? It’s hard to say, but he’s definitely been a vocal player in the world of food. Here are a few examples.
He’s Boycotting Oreos
After word got out that Mondelēz International, the parent company of Oreo producer Nabisco, would move some its Chicago operations to Mexico, Trump told a group of reporters that he would be boycotting Oreos. In the wake of this remark, Ellia Kassoff, the CEO of Leaf Brands, which produces Hydrox (a cookie that actually served as Oreo’s inspiration and is about to make a comeback after 12 years off the market), vowed that all Hydrox cookies will be produced in America.
Chefs Are Fair Game
After Trump made comments in July accusing Mexican immigrants of being criminals and rapists, both José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarian, who were planning on opening restaurants inside Trump’s new Washington, D.C., Trump International Hotel, decided to terminate their leases. Trump responded by suing both of the chefs for $10 million each, accusing them of breach of contract.
Before the August 6 GOP debate, restaurant delivery service Eat24 announced that they’d be tweeting out coupons for a free taco (or $5 off an order of $10 or more) every time Trump mentioned Mexico.