• Where I Come From

  • Life Lessons from a Latino Chef
  • By: Aarón Sánchez
  • Narrated by: Aarón Sánchez
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (737 ratings)

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Where I Come From

By: Aarón Sánchez
Narrated by: Aarón Sánchez
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America’s most prominent Latino chef shares the story behind his food, his family, and his professional journey

Before Chef Aaron Sanchez rose to fame on shows like 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 - she is credited with bringing Mexican cuisine to the New York City dining scene. In many ways, Sanchez, who lost his father at a young age, was destined to follow in his mother Zarela’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. At 16, needing direction, he was sent by his mother to work for renowned chef Paul Prudhomme in New Orleans.

In this memoir, Sanchez 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. Sanchez 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. This memoir is Sanchez’s highly personal account of a fatherless Latino kid whose talent and passion took him to the top of his profession.

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Editorial Review

Aarón Sánchez, a notable chef and television star, took inspiration from his mother to pursue the chef profession. For generations, tenacity defined his family line, and he behooves you to realize that he has quite a life outside his kitchen.
Things weren't always easy, and he lost his dad early on, but the determinedness of his mom kept him pushing until his passion for food matured, which didn't take long at all. From his robust point of view, his Mexican-American culture and what it brings to his devotion celebrates his childhood and adulthood-- while acknowledging the real-life issues and subjects that had impacted him.
In the best-selling unabridged audiobook, Where I Come From, Aarón Sánchez provides insight into what it has been like for him as a product of the cooking elite. Kitchen expertise runs through his veins, and with a pinch of torch-passing and a dash of natural talent, he is a story of success and Latinidad in high places. In this Audible Original audiobook, his honest and raw narration captures the essence of authentic chef...er…linguistics– and honestly, you may be left both entertained and hungry at the end.
Although not sugar-coated, Where I Come From is exceptionally welcoming as he explains with deep affection his story and the lessons he's learned throughout his journey. What's refreshing is that he takes accountability for what has transpired in his life while still holding those dear to him accountable. This heavily tattooed chef raised by a village of adults is now a perfect mold of a top-notch chef, and these lessons are, at heart, optimistic. For the Mexican-American foodie and restaurant worker, all the same, Sánchez gets deep and will show you an individual that is more than just flour and spices. —Audible Latino Editor

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