What happens when two big culinary stars, who have been on national television more than most of us have heard the “Saints Marching In” tune, strike up a friendship and decide to open a new-style Mexican restaurant? New Orleans wins!

Johnny Sánchez is the collaborative brain-child, and name mash-up, of John Besh, a revered member of New Orleans’ hospitality community, teaming up with his “Food Network’s Next Iron Chef” competitor in 2007. We know that chef Besh loves his native city. We were not aware of how much chef Aarón Sánchez loves this burg; and he really does.  

Sánchez first came to the Crescent City when he was 6. It left such an impression that he couldn’t wait to return. Even at that young age, he knew what he wanted and where he wanted to be, so following his family’s passion for food, he came here to work with chef Paul Prudhomme.

Then after meeting Besh, the two, whenever they were together, cooked dishes for each other. That is the core of the menu at Johnny Sánchez. Taste-tested dishes from two culinary stars and set in a town they both love very much.   


Johnny Sánchez, 930 Poydras St., 304-6615, JohnnySanchezRestaurant.com