We Celebrate

We created COCINA because we love “Food”, and because we also love “Latino”. By putting Food and Latino together we honor something a whole lot bigger. When the word food and Latino blend, a taco is no longer just a taco but likely the moment you met new friends for life. And chimichurri is no longer just chimichurri but the picture of your child’s face forever engraved in your heart the moment he first tasted it. When Latino and Food come together, the end result is expressed in journeys. Those journeys start with smell, taste and color, and then they extend into experiences, landscapes, memories, and life stories. Admittingly, this task may prove greater than ourselves. That’s why we view COCINA as an open table set to host chefs and foodies who, regardless of origin, are in the business of honoring our Latino roots through the lens of food. Our journey began in the US with Aaron Sanchez, COCINA’s co-founder. It has now extended across all the Latin geographies. Although, each geography is different across its own traditions and flavors, at the end of the day they all taste the same. They taste of openness, of hugs, of inclusion and of nearness to earth while stitching together any differences. Our hope is that every time you see one of COCINA’s pieces, you feel your journey begins as well.

Chief Chef Officer

Aarón Sánchez

Aarón Sánchez is an award-winning chef, TV personality, cookbook author and philanthropist. He is the chef/owner of Mexican restaurant Johnny Sánchez, with locations in New Orleans and Baltimore, and a judge on Fox’s hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF. He co-starred on Food Network’s “Chopped” and “Chopped Junior,” and is the author of two cookbooks. An active philanthropist, Sánchez launched the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund, an initiative empowering aspiring chefs from the Latin community to follow their dreams and attend culinary school.


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