14 Facts About Aaron Sanchez

1. Aaron Sanchez was born on February 12, 1976 and is a Mexican celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, cookbook author and philanthropist.

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2. Aaron Sanchez is the executive chef and part-owner of the Mexican restaurant Johnny Sanchez in New Orleans.

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3. Aaron Sanchez co-starred on Food Network's hit series Chopped and Chopped Jr.

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4. Aaron Sanchez was a contestant on The Next Iron Chef.

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5. Aaron Sanchez began cooking at an early age, helping his mother prepare traditional Mexican foods for her catering business.

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6. In 1984, the family moved to New York, and his mother launched the acclaimed Cafe Marimba, and Aaron Sanchez began to cook in a professional kitchen.

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7. In 1994, Aaron Sanchez graduated from Dwight School, and began to work full-time for Prudhomme in New Orleans.

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8. Aaron Sanchez was married to singer Ife Mora from 2009 until 2012.

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9. Aaron Sanchez met his future business partner, Alex Garcia while working there.

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10. Aaron Sanchez sold his interest in the Paladar restaurant in 2010.

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11. Aaron Sanchez went on to become chef of Mexican New York eatery Centrico, which closed in 2012.

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12. Aaron Sanchez opened the restaurant Johnny Sanchez in Baltimore with fellow chef John Besh in August 2014.

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13. Aaron Sanchez is an expert in many cooking techniques and global cuisines, but his specialty of cooking traditional Mexican cuisine is often used throughout the season.

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14. Aaron Sanchez released a memoir, Where I Come From: Life Lessons From a Latino Chef, on October 1, 2019.

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