Formula 1 and cooking are similar, one competes to be the best

As part of the festivities at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Formula 1 race week in South Florida, Abiaka Wood Fire Grill joins renowned chef and television personality Aarón Sánchez to present Abiaka x Aarón Sánchez: Celebrating the Flavors of Mexico.

This special event will take place from Thursday, May 2 to Sunday, May 5, offering a unique culinary experience at the resort.

For four nights, a menu will be offered highlighting the delicious flavors of Mexico with the best local ingredients. Aarón's passion for Gulf seafood will be reflected in every dish. In conversation with DIARIO LAS AMERICAS, Sánchez stressed that “it is going to be very cool to share the magic of Mexican food. We Latinos share the pre-Columbian diet, although with Spanish influence as well. However, Mexican food is very distinctive. “We are presenting a seafood dish with different ceviches and tiraditos and some tamales, with mushrooms like a truffle that is a delight and we will replicate a zarandeado fish with two different marinades carefully made on the grill, and of course enchiladas.”

The Abiaka x Aarón Sánchez experience promises to delight both locals and visitors with a combination of exquisite dishes, craft cocktails and a careful selection of wines.

Chef's offer

The offering will be complemented by a vibrant atmosphere, live music and décor inspired by Mexican culture, all centered around the bar.

Chef Aarón Sánchez is known not only for his culinary skill, but also for his dedication to the preservation of Latin culture through food. In addition to being an award-winning chef and television personality, he is an author, philanthropist, and advocate for diversity in the kitchen.

“I was very fortunate to have incredible mentors. What sets my food apart is involving modern techniques with classic ingredients. Very familiar proposals bathed in culture and authenticity” emphasized the Chef.

Regarding the speed circuit in Miami, he added: “Formula One and cooking are similar in competitiveness, we are always fighting to move forward, win the position and be the best. The race and my offer also require a great effort, which is why I feel very proud of this alliance with Hard Rock.”

“The invitation is open. “I am willing and happy to share with everyone personally,” she said.

Who is Chef Aarón Sánchez?

Born on February 12, 1976, Aarón Sánchez is a renowned chef, restaurateur, television personality, author and philanthropist of Mexican-American origin. Currently, he serves as executive chef and co-owner of the acclaimed Johnny Sánchez Mexican restaurant in New Orleans.

Sánchez has made his mark in culinary television, co-starring on the hit Food Network series Chopped and Chopped Jr., as well as hosting the Emmy-nominated show Taco Trip on the Cooking Channel. His participation on Iron Chef America highlighted him as one of the few chefs to have finished in a tie, tying him with Masaharu Morimoto in “Battle Black Bass” in season 2. Additionally, he was a contestant on The Next Iron Chef.

As an author, he has written two cookbooks and published his memoirs on October 1, 2019. But his impact goes beyond cooking and television; Aarón Sánchez has established the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund, dedicated to training young aspiring chefs in the Latino community to pursue their dreams and attend culinary school.

Since 2017, Sánchez has served as one of the main judges and hosts of FOX's hit reality TV culinary competition series, MasterChef, beginning with season 8. Previously, he had been a guest judge on some episodes of season 7. and co-host alongside Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Christina Tosi. Furthermore, he joined the judging panel of MasterChef Junior since its seventh season, debuting in March 2019, after having been a guest on season 5 in 2017.

Led by Culinary Director, Chef Robert Ciborowski, Abiaka offers a unique dining experience that fuses Latin flavors with fresh Florida ingredients. Located on the second floor of The Guitar Hotel Pool Vista Pavilion at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.