When it comes to Latin cuisine, Aaron Sanchez is king. Executive Chef and co-owner of New York City’s Centrico and Kansas City’s Mestizo, Sanchez makes authentic Latin flavors accessible – a feat infamously hard to accomplish. Spicing up the scene on hit Food Network shows like Chopped and Heat Seekers, Sanchez graces America with a simpatico demeanor and an elevated yet simplistic take on Latin cuisine. There are too many reasons why so many have fallen in love with this innovative chef; The New Potato now brings you a few more…
Can you describe what your ideal food day would be?
My day would start off with chiliquiles, a fried tortilla with cooked green chile sauce, crema and cotija cheese, and would end with roast chicken.
Where would you like to travel for inspiration that you haven’t been to yet?
Vienna would be amazing. It has the baking and pastry culture that I would like to learn from.
What many of us don’t know about Latin cuisine…
It is much more sophisticated than you would think.
What ingredients make everything better? Which do you find overrated?
Citrus makes everything better. Butter is overrated in that it is used so much and it can overshadow the dish with its richness.
What restaurants do you consider underrated?
Chris Cosentino’s Incanto. I think it’s one of the best restaurants in the country.
What is your go-to recipe when cooking for family and friends?
When I’m cooking for family and friends, I like something simple with great taste. My go-to dish is pasta with roasted mushrooms and asparagus.
If you’re going to go for Latin Cuisine in New York, besides your own restaurants where do you go?
Chavela’s in Prospect Heights