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The Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund is an organization dedicated to empowering Latin youth through culinary education, mentorship and industry experience in an effort to diversify kitchen leadership for future generations

The Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund was founded in 2016 and has awarded 11 scholarships thus far, valued at $715,000.

Each scholarship recipient receives:

  • 1 full scholarship to the Institute of Culinary Education - New York Campus

  • 8 months room and board in New York City

  • all of the supplies needed for school

  • a monthly unlimited metro card

  • flights to and from New York for the start and end of the program

  • Mentorship during the program and culinary industry experience

Scholarship recipients receive a wide variety of experience* 

Previous opportunities have included:

  • Staging at Chef Alex Guarnaschelli's Butter

  • Working under Chef Alex Stupak at the esteemed Empellón in Midtown New York

  • Attending the taping of FOX's MasterChef season finale in Los Angeles

  • Working with Chef José Luis Chavez to help him open his first brick and mortar Mission Ceviche restaurant on the Upper East Side in New York

  • Assisting Chef Aarón Sánchez on stage at Austin Food + Wine Festival

  • Mentorship trip to New Orleans with Chef Aarón Sánchez


*These opportunities vary each year and are not guaranteed, as they depend on an individual recipient's behavior and educational progress.

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Emeril Lagasse Foundation (ELF)

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation has offered so much support to ASSF and has been a loyal partner for years.  We want to thank them and if you'd like to learn more about them, please see below!

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Institute of Culinary Education (ICE)

With more than 40 years of culinary experience, our partners at the Institute of Culinary Education are a best in class example of higher culinary education.  We are thrilled that four of our 2022 recipients are enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at ICE. 

Aarón Sánchez 


Aarón is an award-winning chef, TV personality, and author. He is the chef/owner of Mexican restaurant Johnny Sánchez in New Orleans, and a judge on FOX’s hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF. An active philanthropist, Sánchez launched ASSF, to empower aspiring chefs from the Latin community to follow their dreams and attend culinary school.  One of the world’s most distinguished Latin chefs, Aarón is also passionate about preserving his family’s legacy through food and encouraging diversity in the kitchen.

Jennifer Killian 

Director of Philanthropy

Jennifer is a passionate professional with over two decades of non-profit leadership, fundraising program development, and project management experience. Jennifer is responsible for identifying critical funding that supports Chef Aarón Sánchez's philanthropic initiatives, as well as managing his impact programs that uplift the lives of Latino youth through food.

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