Aarón Sánchez is chef and partner of Paloma in Stamford, Conn., and Johnny Sánchez, with locations in Baltimore and New Orleans, alongside friend and colleague John Besh. He is the co-star of Food Network’s hit series Chopped and the host of Cooking Channel's Emmy Award-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, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Best. Ever., The Best Thing I Ever Made and the first season of The Next Iron Chef.
In addition to being a restaurateur, television personality, consultant and spokesman, 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 spokesman for its Global Kitchen line.
Aarón works with many charitable organizations. He is a chef ambassador for Why Hunger?, a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty. He is also a chef mentor for Chefs Move!, a scholarship program with the mission is to diversify kitchen leadership by providing minority applicants the opportunity to train 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 New York City, one of the country’s most-legendary shops and home to an amazing tattoo museum. Aarón is also an avid music lover; he enjoys cooking to the sounds of Alabama Shakes, Amos Lee, Sade and The Cure. Aarón lives in Brooklyn.