Celebrity Chefs John Besh and Aarón Sánchez Opening Johnny Sánchez at Horseshoe Baltimore

| April 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

Horseshoe Baltimore Release:

BALTIMORE (April 28, 2014) – Chefs John Besh and Aarón Sánchez today announced that they will open their first restaurant collaboration, Johnny Sánchez, inside the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore when the property opens this summer.

image002Johnny Sánchez is the inaugural restaurant collaboration of two old friends known for their world-class cuisine and prominent roles on popular television programs. John and Aarón, each of whom has been recognized with some of the culinary world’s most coveted awards, met years ago when Aarón began his career in New Orleans, working for legendary chef Paul Prudhomme. Later, the chefs’ paths crossed again while competing on the first season of Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef.” Since then, the two have become great friends and each has lit up the culinary scene by utilizing his unique talents and skills to entertain and educate the country about shared passions: food, drink, and hospitality.

John, who operates 10 acclaimed restaurants, was named one of the “Top 10 Best New Chefs in America” by Food & Wine and has won the prestigious James Beard Award for the Best Chef of the Southeast; his New Orleans flagship restaurant, August, is a Gayot Top 40 Restaurant and a Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Restaurant, in addition to being named a 2012 and 2013 James Beard nominee for Outstanding National Restaurant. John has appeared on top television programs on the Food Network and the acclaimed Sundance Channel “Iconoclast” series alongside his longtime friend, jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. He is the host of two national public television cooking shows – based on his award-winning cookbooks Chef John Besh’s New Orleans and Chef John Besh’s Family Table – and his latest television project, “Hungry Investors,” will premiere May 11 on Spike TV.

Aarón is the co-star of the Food Network’s hit series “Chopped,” as well as the star of FOX Life’s No. 1-rated series Aarón Loves NY and its new travel-food series MOTOCHEFS. He is also the chef/owner of Mestizo, located in Leawood, Kansas. Aarón is the culinary visionary behind Crossroads at the House of Blues nationwide. Aarón recently appeared at the White House as a celebrity guest chef and received the “National Award” at the Flavors of Passion Awards, honoring the nation’s best Latin chefs. He has starred on multiple Food Network shows, including “Heat Seekers”, “Chefs vs. City”, “Chopped”, “Best Thing I Ever Ate” and “Dear Food Network Thanksgiving Special.” In 2011, Aarón appeared on the debut season of “The Best Thing I Ever Made,” in which Food Network stars share their culinary secrets.

Now these world-renowned chefs have teamed up in Baltimore to create Johnny Sánchez, a spirited taqueria offering the very best ingredients that are farmed and fished responsibly and locally. The two will collaborate on everything from the perfect tacos and tostadas, to the beer, wine, and cocktail list, to the décor and atmosphere.

Serious but fun is the name of the game; the restaurant aims to serve great food without the price tag or attitude. Stepping through the door will bring guests out of their everyday routine and into a Mexican paradise.

“We love to cook, eat, drink and make people happy, and that’s why we’re doing this,” says Besh.  Sánchez adds, “This is the food that John and I love to cook when we’re hanging out together having fun, and that’s what resonates with people. It’s all from the heart!”

Johnny Sánchez will feature a delicious and gregarious beverage list of domestic and imported beers, tequilas, mezcals and bourbons often complemented with live entertainment and a lounge/club environment at night. The one-of-a-kind venue will be approximately 6,100 square feet and will have seating for 222. It will be open for lunch and dinner seven days per week:

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