Aarón Sánchez is the co-star of Food Network’s hit series, Chopped, as well as the star of FOX Life’s #1 rated series Aarón Loves NY and their new travel-food series MOTOCHEFS. Aarón is the chef/owner of Mestizo, located in Leawood, Kansas. He is also the culinary visionary behind Crossroads at House of Blues nationwide. The son of celebrated Mexican cooking authority Zarela Martinez, Aarón’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 chefs. The bilingual Sánchez was tapped as the spokesperson for Bud Light’s “Amigos y Carne Asada” national grilling campaign for 2012 and 2013.
Sánchez has starred on multiple Food Network shows including: Chopped, Heat Seekers, Chefs vs. City, Best Thing I Ever Ate, and 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 arts – so much in fact that he has tattooed nearly his entire body with portraits and vivid artwork. Sánchez, an avid music lover, enjoys cooking to the sounds of Alabama Shakes, Amos Lee, Sade, and The Cure. Sánchez lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Additional career highlights include:
2000: Sánchez is introduced to a national audience as co-host of Food Network’s Melting Pot.
2001: 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.
2002: Sánchez’s Paladar (NYC) named Time Out New York’s Best Latin American Restaurant.
2004: 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 and features the Mexican food of his childhood with a fresh interpretation.
2005: Nominated as the “Rising Star Chef of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation. Named one of People Magazine and People En Espanol’s 50 Most Beautiful People.
2007: Sánchez returns to Food Network on the first season of Next Iron Chef.
2008: Sánchez co-stars on Food Network’s Chef vs. City.
2009: Food Network’s Chopped premieres and becomes an instant hit.
2010: Sánchez opens Mestizo in Kansas, his first restaurant outside of NYC.
2010: Sánchez joins forces with House of Blues to create Crossroads at House of Blues.
2011: Sánchez’s first Spanish-language cooking series premieres on Utilisima.
2012: Sánchez launches his line of home products at stores like T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s and HomeGoods.
2013: Sánchez’s Spanish-language food-travel series MOTOCHEFS premieres.