Chef Aarón Sánchez is partnering with The John Besh Foundation to create the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund, a new initiative empowering aspiring chefs from the Latin community to follow their dreams and attend the best culinary school in the United States; The International Culinary Center (ICC). This scholarship fund falls under the Besh Foundation's established Chefs Move! Scholarship Initiative.  

Chef Aarón credits his mentors, who have helped him both in and out of the kitchen, with giving him the skills for a successful career.  “These young chefs are the future of our industry and it’s up to us to highlight their abilities and talent and provide them with the skills and opportunities to succeed.” 




Requirements for Applicants:

×           Must be an aspiring chef from the Latin community

×           Must be a resident of the Greater New Orleans area

×           Able to commute to the Central Business District for training and the paid internship

×           High school diploma or GED(R)/HiSET(R) and be ready to submit all corresponding transcripts

×           A minimum of one year of experience in a restaurant kitchen or a graduate of the National Restaurant Association’s ProStart(R) program

×           Complete and submit the application (with supporting documents) by March 31, 2017

×           Two professional letters of reference (additional letters are both encouraged and welcome)

The Scholarship Includes:

×           Full tuition at ICC for a nine-month Classic Culinary Arts program (starting June 2017)

×           School supplies (including: knives, uniforms, books and laptop)

×           Housing in New York City for duration of the ICC program

×           Travel to New York for the start of the ICC program and travel to New Orleans upon completion of program

×           New York City metro card (one, 30-day unlimited)

×           Grocery card ($200)

×           Job placement assistant while in New York for ICC program

×           Two-month paid internship at Johnny Sánchez restaurant upon completion of ICC culinary program

×           Mentorship from Chef Aarón and other chefs