ASSF 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 we have had 6 graduates thus far. 

Each scholarship recipient receives:

  • 1 full scholarship to culinary school in New York City

  • 11 months room and board in New York City

  • all of the supplies needed for school

  • a monthly unlimited metro card

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

  • local mentorships during the program and culinary industry experience

Scholarship recipients will receive unique opportunities like working with renowned chefs or traveling for culinary events.*

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


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

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.

Kate Floberg

Executive Director

Kate was raised in Billings, Montana where she lived until the age of 13. At 14, she and her mother moved to New York City where she graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School with a Chancellor's Endorsed Arts Diploma. Kate worked for fashion designer Adrienne Landau, before moving to the culinary industry in 2015. Kate has a passion for the arts, and currently resides in New York City.

The Hispanic Federation

The Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund has partnered with the Hispanic Federation, the nation’s premier Latino nonprofit organization. The Hispanic Federation was founded in 1990 and seeks to support Hispanic families and strengthen Latino institutions through work in the areas of education, health, immigration, civic engagement, economic empowerment, and the environment. Together, we are working to empower Latino youth by providing education, mentorship and the resources necessary to become the next generation of culinary leaders.


The Emeril Lagasse Foundation (ELF) has offered so much support to our organization and has been a loyal partner for years. We want to thank them and if you are interested in learning more about them, please see below! 

WE are thrilled to be partnered with the  institute of culinary education (Ice) in NYC