11 Things You Didn't Know About Aarón Sánchez

While you may know what Aarón’s like behind the Chopped judges’ table, you probably don’t know his least-favorite ingredient or his top food city.

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All About Aarón

Read on to find out all the things you didn’t know about Aarón, like what he would be if he weren’t a chef. 

Guilty Pleasure: The Parker House Rolls at John Dory in the Ace Hotel

One Dish He Never Makes at Home: Fresh Pasta

Least-Favorite Ingredient to Cook With: Really Old Cheese

“Really old, fermented cheeses, like an aged goat or sheep cheese… It dominates and saturates your palate, and it’s hard to get past,” he says.

Kitchen Tool He Can’t Live Without: Japanese Mandoline

What He Would Be If He Weren’t a Chef: Mariachi Singer

Most-Memorable Meal: Lespinasse in New York

“I had the loup de mer, roasted artichokes and opal basil — I’ve never had a broth with so many beautiful and intense flavors layered in. It was one of the first really fancy restaurants I ever went to; I remember the chairs being far away from the table, and there was no background music,” he says.

Favorite Food City: New Orleans

Favorite Late-Night Snack: Wine and Chocolate

Last Supper: Roasted Chicken from Zuni Café, San Francisco

Ingredient He Never Eats: Green Peppers

“I like red bell peppers and yellow bell peppers, but green bell peppers just don’t taste like much of anything,” he says. 

Favorite Person to Cook With: Chef John Besh

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