Chef at a Cuban restaurant
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Cooking up Cuba's post-Soviet restaurant revolution

The collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s left communist Cuba without vital supplies of oil and raw materials from its former allies.

The crisis became known as "the Special Period", a time when food shortages and power cuts were commonplace in Cuba.

To make ends meet, many Cubans searched for new ways to survive.

Juan Carlos Montes risked arrest to open one of Cuba's first ever privately run restaurants. He spoke to Witness about the challenges he faced.

Witness is a World Service programme of the stories of our times told by the people who were there.

  • 25 Nov 2015
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