Chef Aaron Sanchez is Coming to Houston With a Tasting, Book Signing & Show

To celebrate the release of his first memoir, Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef, Chopped and MasterChef star Aarón Sánchez is hosting a book-signing and live show in Houston with his friend, Austin-based folk singer Shakey Graves, on December 5. The event starts at 6 p.m. at 40 Below, located at 520 Texas next to Revention Music Center in downtown Houston.

It features small bites from Sánchez’s new book, a discussion between him and Graves and an intimate acoustic performance by the Americana singer-songwriter. The dishes to sample include Tio Mario’s Famous Chili con Carne Colorado-Style Burritos, Zarela’s Pineapple-Ginger Chicken Wings, Johnny Sánchez Brussels Sprouts Salad and Sautéed Hominy with Pico de Gallo.

Cover art for Chef Aaron Sanchez’ new memoir. Photo courtesy of Fox Glove Communications.

Sánchez, who owns the nouvelle Mexican restaurant Johnny Sanchez in New Orleans, has been on a book signing tour since the release of his latest book earlier this fall. The memoir, a first for the Fox and Food Network star, tells the story of Sánchez’s life in the kitchen on and the screen, focusing prominently on his mother, renowned Mexican chef Zarela Martinez. Martinez, who moved from Mexico to New York to pursue her career, taught Sánchez the finer points and rich history of her native cuisine, and inspired his own successful career as an ambassador of elevated Mexican food for an American audience.

Austin native Shakey Graves will join Sanchez on Thursday night in Houston. Photo courtesy of Fox Glove Communications.

The memoir also chronicles Sánchez’ deep connection to New Orleans via his mentor, the legendary chef Paul Prudhomme -— who Sánchez met through his mother, once a student of the late Cajun-Creole cook herself. Where I Come From includes the story of his teenage internships at Prudhomme’s iconic K Paul restaurant, where Sánchez claims he learned to both cook and taste.

Tickets cost $75 and include entry to the show, food and a signed copy of chef Sánchez’ memoir. More information and tickets are available online.

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