Immigrants move for many reasons, and sometimes it can be a matter of life or death if they don’t uproot. But no matter where they’re from, they enrich the cultural landscape of this country while enjoying the freedom and protection the U.S. offers. Sebastian Corbat came to the U.S. for life-saving treatment, and post-op therapy gave him both a new lease on life and a business idea: We should all have access to healthy, organic and tasty foods. So Sebastian went about helping his communities eat healthily with the empanadas he grew up preparing in his mother’s kitchen.
Sebastian Corbat is an immigrant from Argentina and Founder and CEO of Del Sur Empanadas. Corbat came to the U.S. for life-saving treatment for a rare disease called X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Syndrome or XLP, which took the lives of three of his brothers. Trained as an IT engineer, Corbat’s experiences during and after his treatments inspired him to found his business, sharing his culture and helping increase awareness of the links between food and health here in Massachusetts.