Fernando Sanchez

"Always work harder than the person next to you and life will take its course." Chef Fernando Sánchez was born in Puerto Rico and in early childhood moved to Sebring, Florida. Many people refer to the launch of their career as a "calling," which was certainly the case for Fernando. From experience gained while working at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa, FL, Chef Fernando entered the culinary world with interest, enthusiasm, and under a great management team that cultivated his appreciation for the artistry. Management noticed Fernando's talent and worth ethic, soon offering him the opportunity to open and operate the VIP Plum Lounge as a Showroom Chef, which he describes the experience that solidified his "calling." Every day he worked harder, experimenting with diverse cuisines, creating daily menus and feature dishes, and working side-by-side with the person who would became his mentor and great friend, Chef Christopher Wang. After 6 years at the Hard Rock, an exciting opportunity arrived as Chef Fernando was offered the Executive Sous Chef position at Emerald Greens Country Club in Tampa, FL, where he continued to learn and expand his culinary and management knowledge. Later he moved to upstate New York where he became the Executive Sous Chef at the Capital Region's most elite club, Albany Golf and Country Club. This experience allowed him to use his creativity and knowledge, as well as mentor others who followed in his footsteps. Four years later, Fernando's career scope evolved as he was offered the Executive Chef position at Café le Perche, a fine dining establishment with classic French influence in New York's Hudson Valley. Fate would have it that he and his wife would later return home to the Tampa Bay Area, which eventually led Chef Fernando to Brick's Smoked Meats. Now Brick’s Concept Chef, Chef Fernando has helmed the culinary and the pit teams since December 2018. His mission at Brick’s remains consistent with our original vision: to reinterpret time-honored Texas barbecue traditions and other favorites from the Ranch and from the Coast, with added chophouse flair for Sarasota diners. A local fan favorite voted Best New Restaurant and Best Barbecue, Brick’s has become well-known regionally for its inspired approach to barbecue: pairing ‘cue with cocktails, flavor with fun, and SRQ style with Texas tradition. Live music on weekends. Hand-cut steaks and chops complementing our signature smoked meat. A great happy hour menu. Vegetarian-friendly selections. Convenient access to feeding one’s primal needs through full-service catering, online ordering, and delivery… all of the above means there’s something to satisfy everyone’s Texas-loving heart.

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