Jose Sanchez, CEC, CHE is currently the executive chef at the Mandarin Oriental, in Washington, DC. Chef Sanchez is a classically trained French Cuisenaire, who developed his unique craft in kitchens located in the far corners of the world. Jose believes that the "essence of cuisine is sharing". He served as Instructor of Culinary Arts at The Culinary Institute of America, and followed that as executive chef for "Iron chef" Masaharu Morimoto. He has also served as an executive chef with JW Marriott Cairo and Dubai. Chef Sanchez is a recipient of various culinary medals for participation in both national and international competitions. He is an active member of the Chaine des Rotisseur, The Societe Culinaire Philantropique, Amicale de Cuisiniere et Patissiere au Japon, and the American Culinary Federation.