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Aaron Sanchez was born in El Paso, Texas
He moved to New York with his family.
Sánchez graduated from The Dwight School, and began to work full-time for Prudhomme in New Orleans.
After working under Prudhomme, Aarón returned north to study culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.
He returned to New York, and worked in the kitchen at Patria under nuevo-Latino chef, Douglas Rodriguez. Sánchez met his future business partner, Alex Garcia while working there.
Garcia left Patria in 1996 to open Erizo Latino, taking Sanchez to help open the restaurant. Reviews were positive, referring to the restaurant as "casual" and "earthy," and "the fare is enticingly wholesome, and the kitchen's best dishes make a fine introduction to the cooking of Central and South America."
Eamon Furlong hired Sánchez in 2000, to open Paladar, a pan-Latin restaurant on the Lower East Side.
It opened in February 2001, and won Time Out New York's award for Best New Lower East Side Restaurant that year.
It went on to be named the Best Latin American Restaurant in their 2002 Eating and Drinking Guide
He opened the taqueria Johnny Sanchez in Baltimore with fellow chef John Besh in August 2014.
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