Aarón Sánchez is Chef/Partner of Johnny Sánchez, alongside friend and colleague John Besh, with locations in Baltimore and New Orleans. He is the co-star of Food Network's hit series, Chopped, and the host of Cooking Channel's Emmy-nominated Taco Trip. He is also the host of two Spanish-language TV series on FOX Life; 3 Minutos con Aarón and MOTOCHEFS. Aarón's passion, commitment and skills have placed him among the world's leading contemporary Latin chefs.
Celebrated by critics and contemporaries alike, Aarón recently appeared at the White House as a guest chef and received the "National Award" at the Flavors of Passion Awards, honoring the nation's best Latin chefs. He has also starred on multiple Food Network shows including: Heat Seekers, Chefs vs. City, Best Thing I Ever Ate, Best.Ever and Next Iron Chef. In 2011, he appeared on the debut season of The Best Thing I Ever Made, where Food Network stars share their culinary secrets.
In addition to being a restaurateur, television personality, consultant and spokesperson, Aarón is an author and entrepreneur. His first book, "La Comida del Barrio", was published in May 2003. His second book, "Simple Food, Big Flavor: Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours", was released in October 2011. Aarón has also designed a line of cookware products in collaboration with IMUSA and is a spokesperson for their Global Kitchen line.
Aarón works with many charitable organizations. He is a Chef Ambassador for WhyHunger, a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty. He is also a Chef Mentor for Chefs Move!, a Scholarship Program who's mission is to diversify kitchen leadership by providing minority applicants the opportunity to train up and become leaders in restaurant kitchens and in their communities.
Aarón's creativity extends far beyond the kitchen. He is a partner at Daredevil Tattoo in NYC, one of the country's most legendary shops and home to an amazing tattoo museum. Aarón is an avid music lover; he enjoys cooking to the sounds of Alabama Shakes, Amos Lee, Sade, and The Cure. Aarón lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
Making quesadillas with my mom at about age 7.
If you've participated in the Festival before, what is your favorite SOBEWFF memory to date?
We did a BBQ Event about 6 years ago with Jack McDavid and Dean Fearing; I remember it was so hot out there, at the end of the event we all jumped in the Loews pool.
I never leave home without my:
I never leave home with out my prayer beads.