Aarón Sánchez is the co-star of two Food Network hit series (Chopped and Heat Seekers) and the chef/owner of Kansas City’s Mestizo. He is also the visionary behind Crossroads at House of Blues nationwide and Tacombi Tacqueria in New York City. Sánchez’s passion, commitment and skills have placed him among the country’s leading contemporary Latin chefs.
Sánchez’s cooking “transforms the familiar” (New York Magazine) with his take on Latin favorites. Celebrated by critics and contemporaries alike, Sánchez recently appeared at the White House as a celebrity guest chef and received the National Award at the Flavors of Passion Awards, honoring the nation’s best Latin chef. The bilingual Sánchez was tapped as the spokesperson for Bud Light’s “Amigos y Carne Asada” national grilling campaign for 2012 and 2013.
The son of celebrated Mexican cooking authority Zarela Martinez, Sánchez has starred on multiple Food Network shows including Heat Seekers, Chefs vs. City, Chopped, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and the Dear Food Network Thanksgiving Special. In 2011, Sánchez 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, Sánchez 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. Sánchez also designed the first-ever signature chef shoe line for MOZO Shoes.
Sánchez’s creativity extends far beyond the kitchen. He is an admirer of the visual arts — so much, in fact, that he has tattooed nearly his entire body with portraits and vivid artwork. Sánchez, also an avid music lover, enjoys cooking to the sounds of Alabama Shakes, Amos Lee, Sade, The Cure and his wife, singer/songwriter Ifé. Sánchez lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his family.
Additional career highlights include:
Sánchez is introduced to a national audience as co-host of Food Network’s Melting Pot.
Paladar, Sánchez’s first restaurant, opens in New York City’s Lower East Side. Sánchez is just 25 years of age.
Paladar wins the 2001 Time Out New York award for Best New Lower East Side Restaurant.
Sánchez’s Paladar is named Time Out New York’s Best Latin American Restaurant.
Sánchez opens Centrico with renowned restaurateur Drew Nieporent of the Myriad Restaurant Group (Nobu, Tribeca Grill, Corton). Centrico’s menu goes back to Sánchez’s roots, featuring the Mexican food of his childhood with a fresh interpretation.
Sánchez is nominated as the Rising Star Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.
He is named one of People Magazine's and People En Espanol’s 50 Most Beautiful People.
Sánchez opens Mestizo by Aarón Sánchez in Kansas, his first restaurant outside of New York City.