Chef Aarón Sánchez to Visit ICC This October
Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef is a powerful new memoir from one of America’s most preeminent chefs and television personalities. Sánchez shares the story behind his food, family, and professional journey and is a highly personal account of growing up and finding his way as a son, father, Latino, and as a chef. In Where I Come From, Sánchez dives into his early years with remarkable candor, injecting his story with adrenaline and revealing how he fell in love with cooking and started a career in the fast-paced culinary world. Sánchez interlaces his experiences with recipes from moments in his life such as his mother’s Pineapple-Ginger Chicken Wings with Soy-Pineapple Glaze, Seared Salmon with Pumpkin Seed Mole, and Tequila-Battered Cauliflower Tacos with Chimichurri and Chipotle Mayonnaise. He shares the invaluable lessons he learned from his upbringing and his training—both inside and outside the kitchen—and offers an intimate look into the chaotic and nontraditional life of a professional chef and television personality.
Sánchez is the chef and owner of Mexican restaurant Johnny Sánchez in New Orleans and author of two cookbooks. Sánchez learned how to cook from an early age through helping his family prepare traditional Mexican food and is still passionate about preserving his family’s legacy through food and encouraging diversity in the kitchen. As an active philanthropist, Sánchez launched the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund, which is an initiative that empowers aspiring chefs from the Latin community to follow their dreams and attend ICC’s Professional Culinary Arts program.