New Orleans chefs add Latin flair to Coast fare at benefit dinner

The Aaron Sanchez scholarship benefits Latin kids looking for a degree in the culinary arts.

It gives the recipient a full ride at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, plus other odds and ends like housing and transportation.

Miles Landrem, a native of New Orleans, is a familiar face in the region among culinary circles – he and his partner, Aaron Sanchez himself, were at the O’Dwyer residence in Pass Christian preparing food for the big event that night — Mexico Meets Mississippi.

Landrem, who graduated high school from St. Stanislaus and college at Ole Miss, specializes in New Orleans-Mexican cuisine at Johnny Sanchez restaurant.

“We’ve got a great menu, like you said we’re Johnny Sanchez restaurant in New Orleans. We have a lot of ties to the Gulf Coast,” Landrem said. “So we’re doing a really cool Mexican menu featuring a lot of local Mississippi products.”

Sanchez, founder of Johnny Sanchez restaurant, has appeared on Food Network shows like “Chopped,” “Iron Chef America” and “MasterChef.”

Saturday before the dinner, though, he insisted that his buddy Miles was the star of the show.

“It is really Chef Miles’ show,” Sanchez said. “I come in as a support system and use my experience and my travels to help create new dishes alongside him and his team, and that’s what we do.”

More than a hundred tickets were sold for the event that night—and those ticket sales will help Latino kids further their education.”

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