Aaron Sanchez Bio, Age, Wife, Chef, Net Worth, Restaurants and Recipes

Aaron Sanchez Biography

Aaron Sanchez is an American award-winning celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, cookbook author and philanthropist.

Aaron and his twin brother Rodrigo, an professional in New York City, were born in 1976, in El Paso, Texas, to Zarela Martinez, a restaurateur and the author of several cookbooks, and Adolfo Sanchez. He began cooking at an early age, helping his mother prepare traditional Mexican foods for her catering business. In 1984, his family moved to New York, and his mother launched the acclaimed café Marimba, and Sánchez began to cook in a professional kitchen.

At age 16, Sánchez’s mother sent him to New Orleans to spend the summer working with cook Paul Prudhomme. In 1994, Sanchez graduated from The Dwight college and began to work full time for Prudhomme in New Orleans. Aaron was married to singer Ife Mora from 2009 till 2012. He also has a son named Yuma. In episode 21 of MasterChef season 9, he revealed that his mentor was Jonathan Waxman.

Aaron Sanchez Career


After working under Prudhomme, in 1996 Aaron returned north to study culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. In the same year, he returned to New York and worked in the kitchen at Patria under nuevo-Latino chef, Douglas Rodriguez. Sánchez met Alex Garcia his future business partner while working there. Garcia left Patria to open Erizo Latino in 1996, taking Sanchez to help open the restaurant. Reviews were positive, referred to the restaurant as casual and earthy.

He added that the fare is enticingly wholesome and the kitchen’s best dishes make a fine introduction to the cooking of Central and South America. At L-Ray, Sanchez then became an executive chef. It then specialized in foods from the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. This was followed by another executive chef position at Isla, a restaurant inspired by pre-Revolutionary Cuba. Sanchez worked under Chef Reed Hearon at Rose Pistola after moving to San Francisco.

Eamon Furlong hired Sánchez in 2000 to open Paladar, a pan-Latin restaurant on the Lower East Side. After opening in February 2001 it won Time Out New York’s award for Best New Lower East Side Restaurant that year. In their 2002 Eating and Drinking Guide, they named it the Best Latin America Restaurant. Paladar had been reviewed as being “colorful, lively circus of a restaurant that’s equal parts serious cooking and serious partying,” and was named a Critic’s Pick by New York magazine. Sánchez sold his interest in the Paladar restaurant in 2010.

Sanchez became the chef of the Mexican New York eatery Centrio, which closed in 2012. Together with fellow chef John Besh in August 2014, they opened the other Johnny Sanchez in Baltimore. The Baltimore location closed in September 2017. In October 2014 in New Orleans, the pair opened a second Johnny Sanchez location. He joined MasterChef US Season 8 in 2017 as a judge alongside Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi. He replaced Graham Elliot, to taste and help judge contestants’ cooking and baking with Ramsay and Tosi.

It was to crown the next MasterChef. He is an expert in many cooking techniques and global cuisines. However, his specialty of cooking traditional Mexican cuisine is often used throughout the season. He guest-starred on the first episode of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back Season 2 as an extra expeditor in 2019. It was revealed that he lives two blocks away from The Trolley Café in New Orleans.

Aaron Sanchez Age

Aaron was born on February 12, 1976, USA and is 43 years old as of 2019.

Aaron Sanchez Wife

Aaron Sanchez married Ife Sanchez Mora in 2009 but divorced in 2012. The cause of their failed marriage is, however, not clear as he likes to keep his personal life private.

Aaron Sanchez Body Measurements

  • Height: 5 feet and 8 inches
  • Weight: 220 Pounds
  • Hair Color: not available

Aaron Sanchez Net Worth

The award-winning celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez has a net worth of $4 million from his success as a restauranteur.

Aaron Sanchez Restaurants

In 2010, Sánchez sold his interest in the Paladar restaurant. Sanchez became the chef of Mexican New York eatery Centrico, which closed in 2012. He is the founder and owner of the other Johnny Sanchez in Baltimore, which was opened in August 2014 alongside fellow chef John Besh.

Aaron Sanchez Recipes



  • 1 cup long-grain white rice, rinsed
  • 1 cinnamon stick, preferably Mexican, broken into pieces, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup sugar, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, preferably Mexican, for garnish


  • Combine the rice and cinnamon stick with 4 cups water in a blender; pulse to coarsely grind. Transfer to a large bowl and add another 4 cups water; soak at room temperature for 3 hours.
  • Puree the rice mixture in a blender in batches until smooth. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve into a pitcher. Mix in the sugar; chill.
  • Stir the horchata well before serving. Pour into ice-filled glasses; garnish with cinnamon sticks and a dusting of ground cinnamon.

Aaron Sanchez’s Mexican Brownies


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground Mexican cinnamon (Canela)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pequen chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides. Press the paper into the corners of the pan and lightly grease the paper with butter.
  • Melt the 2 sticks of butter in a nonstick saucepan over medium-low heat; do not boil. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Add the sugar, eggs, and vanilla to the saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
  • Add the cocoa, flour, cinnamon, chili powder, salt, and baking powder and mix until smooth. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out fudgy, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack, then use the parchment paper to lift out the brownies before slicing.

Beef Tacos: Tacos de Carne Asada


  • 1 flank steak, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 cup pickled jalapenos, including the carrots and onions that come in the jar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 corn tortilla
  • 1/4 cup white onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons salsa de Arbol
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, plus more, as needed


  • Cover flank steak on one side with the pickled jalapenos, then turn over let sit at room temperature, covered for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the grill or broiler.
  • Season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper and place on a hot grill or under the broiler. Cook the steak for 5 to 6 minutes on each side (for medium-rare), and then chop into 1/4-inch pieces.
  • Heat a small saute pan and add 1 tablespoon canola oil. Warm corn tortillas for 30 seconds on each side, adding more oil as necessary. Stack 2 tortillas together, place the meat in the center of the tortillas and top with the onion and cilantro. Drizzle a teaspoon of the salsa de Arbol on top of each taco.

Aaron Sanchez Cookbook

Sanchez is a third-generation cookbook author, Aarón has written two books. His first, “La Comida del Barrio” was published in May 2003. His second, “Simple Food, Big Flavor: Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours” was released in October 2011.

Aaron Sanchez Awards

Aarón Sanchez’s passion, commitment, and skills have placed him among the world’s leading contemporary Latin chefs. Celebrated by critics and contemporaries altogether, Aarón has won a James Beard Award for Television Studio Program and has appeared at the White House as a guest chef.

Frequently Asked Questions About Aaron Sanchez

Who is Aaron Sanchez?

He is an American chef.

How old is Aaron Sanchez?

He is 43 years old as of 2019. Aaron Sanchez was born in 1976.

How tall is Aaron Sanchez?

He stands tall at a height of 5 feet and 8 inches.

Is Aaron Sanchez married?

Aaron Sanchez was married to Sanchez Mora but is currently not engaged or dating anyone

How much is Aaron Sanchez worth?

He has an estimated net worth of $4 million US dollars.

Where does Aaron Sanchez live?

He lives in New Orleans, Los Angeles, USA.

Is Aaron Sanchez dead or alive?

He is still alive and of good health.

Where is Aaron Sanchez now?

He is a professional Chef.

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