Aarón Sánchez is the co-star of the Food Network’s hit series Chopped and the chef/owner of Kansas City’s Mestizo. He is also the culinary visionary behind Crossroads at House of Blues nationwide. The son of celebrated Mexican cooking authority Zarela Martinez, Sanchez’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 & 2013.

Sánchez has starred on multiple Food Network shows including: Heat Seekers, Chefs vs. City, Chopped, Best Thing I Ever Ate, and Dear Food Network Thanksgiving Special.  In 2011 Sanchez 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’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. An avid music lover, he enjoys cooking to the sounds of Alabama Shakes, Amos Lee, Sade and The Cure. Sánchez lives in Brooklyn and enjoys traveling and spending time with his son, Yuma.