In conversation with Dr. Mark A. Castro,The Jorge Baldor Curator of Latin American Art, DMA
Recording available through June 15
Before Chef Aarón Sánchez rose to fame on shows like MasterChef and Chopped, he was a restless Mexican American son in El Paso, Texas, raised by a fiercely determined and talented woman who was a successful chef and restaurateur in her own right—she is credited with bringing Mexican cuisine to the New York City dining scene. In Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef, Sánchez delves into his formative 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. 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 untraditional life of a professional chef and television personality.
Aarón Sánchez is an award-winning chef, author, and philanthropist. He has starred in multiple Food Network shows, as well as in two Spanish-language shows on Fox Life. In October 2020, Sánchez and his mother, Zarela Martínez, launched their podcast Cooking in Mexican from A to Z.
This Artful Feastings event includes a guacamole-making demonstration by Chef Sánchez, as well as a short curatorial talk by Dr. Mark A. Castro, The Jorge Baldor Curator of Latin American Art, about thematically related works of art in the DMA’s collection.