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For Immediate Release

Catherine Lee

First-of-its-Kind Immigrant Cook-Off Show Wins Gold in Telly Awards!

Contact: press@unitedwedream.org

Washington, D.C. – This week, United We Dream’s first-ever cook-off web show, No Borders, Just Flavors! won Gold in the categories of Online – Arts & Culture and Online – Social Impact for the 45th Annual Telly Awards. The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies. This was a record breaking year with nearly 13,000 entries from across the globe and top video and television content producers. 

Juanita Monsalve, the show’s Executive Producer and Senior Creative & Marketing Director of United We Dream, said:

“I am so proud to have led our team and jointly created this innovative, one-of-a-kind production. It has taken immense courage for all of us not only to dream up, but also to bring to life, a new world in which all immigrants are accepted and united in our fight for freedom. United We Dream’s first two Telly awards are an important recognition of the impact of our strategies to bring joy and hope to immigrant youth and young people of color everywhere. This is a win for those who dare to be uniquely themselves, particularly in this world of food and entertainment where our faces and stories aren’t often prioritized. I am energized more than ever to continue to elevate and develop authentic and multi-faceted stories of the diverse immigrant experience.” 

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About No Borders, Just Flavors!

Taking a page from the playbook of web series pioneers like Issa Rae (Insecure) and Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez (Gentefied), the immigrant community at United We Dream launched a new cooking competition series titled No Borders, Just Flavors! on YouTube on April 20, 2023. [TRAILER] The four-episode series features young people with an immigrant identity, including undocumented immigrants, DACA recipients, refugee and first and second generation immigrants, from all over the country going head-to-head in a family recipe cook-off. 

Produced by United We Dream, No Borders, Just Flavors! unlocks the power of food to share immigrant stories of joy, humor and connection that the media often overlooks. At its debut the series was covered by NBC News, Remezcla and NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, among others.

These Telly Awards follow our recent wins at the Anthem Awards and Shorty Impact Awards.

About The Telly Awards

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multiscreen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include the Gotham Institute, NAB, Stash, NYWIFT, LAPPG, Production Hub, Green the Bid, Video Consortium, and Series Fest. New Partners include FWD- Doc, AI Film Festival, Reel Abilities Film Festival, and Film Fatales.


United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation; made up of a multi-racial and multi-ethnic network of 1.2 million members, over 100 local groups, and a reach of over 5 million per month. UWD’s vision is to push for just policies that allow everyone to thrive regardless of immigration status. United We Dream is fighting for a multi-racial democracy that works for everyone by building a movement of young people who organize and advocate for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color. You can find more at www.unitedwedream.org.

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