Best Chef, Ben Sanchez

Ben Sanchez - Cattleman’s Steakhouse

Since he was a kid, Ben Sanchez had a passion for cooking.

“I just basically fell in love with the kitchen,” Sanchez said. He’s been at Cattleman’s Steakhouse since 1987 and took charge of the kitchen in ’91. Since then, he’s been at the restaurant nearly every morning and night, perfecting Catteman’s steaks and taking pride in his team’s work.

“We run so many tests on everything and we buy meat from the packer directly so that we get specific sizes of everything that we want,” Sanchez said. “We age our own meat, which takes a long time, and it takes a lot of planning.”

If you want steak tips, don’t even try getting any of Cattleman’s recipes; those are top secret.

“We have 150 employees, but probably only four or five people know the recipes,” Sanchez said. “They sign paperwork where you can’t disclose recipes.”

More info: Cattleman’s Steakhouse, 3450 S Fabens Carlsbad Rd, Fabens, TX, 915-544-3200

Runner-up: Rudy Valdes, Crave – 300 Cincinnati Ave, 915-351-367; 8889 Gateway Blvd W, 915-599-9866; 631 Resler Dr., 915-581-2213; 11990 Rojas Dr., 915-594-7971, CraveKitchenAndbBar.com

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