America’s most prominent Latino chef shares the story behind his food, his family, and his professional journey.
Before Chef Aarón Sánchez rose to fame on shows such as MasterChef and Chopped, he was a restless Mexican American son, raised by a fiercely determined and talented woman who was a successful chef and restaurateur in her own right—credited with bringing Mexican cuisine to the New York City dining scene. Aarón Sánchez was destined to follow in his mother’s footsteps. He spent nights as a child in his family’s dining room, surrounded by some of the most influential chefs and restaurateurs in New York. He lost his father at a young age, and at 16 he was sent to work for renowned chef Paul Prudhomme in New Orleans.
In this memoir, Sánchez delves into his formative years with remarkable candor, injecting his story with adrenaline and revealing how he fell in love with cooking and made a go of it in the fast-paced culinary world. Sánchez shares invaluable lessons he learned—both inside and outside the kitchen—and offers an intimate look into the chaotic and untraditional life of a professional chef and television personality. This is Sánchez’s highly personal account of a fatherless Latino kid whose talent and passion took him to the top of his profession.