Jose Garces, Making Philadelphia More Delicious

Jose Garces, Making Philadelphia More Delicious

Chef Jose Garces, dining, restaurant, food and drinkIt was seven years ago that the Iron Chef opened Amada in Old City, and seven years ago that he became a firm favourite on the food scene. Since then, Jose Garces has transformed Philadelphian dining and gained national recognition in doing so.

So far, the Chicago via Ecuadoran Chef has seven widely successful restaurants in Philly, Amada, Chifa, Distrito, Garces Trading Company, JG Domestics, Tinto and Village Whiskey, as well as operating a Mexican food truck, Guapos Tacos and a full-on catering company, Garces Catering. And let’s not forget the ventures he has across the rest of the US, including Atlantic City, Scottsdale, Palm Springs and his home town, Chicago.

He has been awarded the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” and went on to win the Food Network’s cult show, The Next Iron Chef.

This year, Garces plans to expand even further amongst Philadelphian soil, partnering with the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to both create and execute menus for all special events and concessions. Spanning the Kimmel Center, Academy of Music and Merriam Theater, Garces has his work cut out for him. But not happy with his current empire, the superstar Chef also plans to open a full-service restaurant inside the Kimmel Center.

Born and raised in Chicago to Ecuadorian parents, it was by the hands of his grandmother that he first became inspired by cooking. With years of training in top-class professional kitchens as well as learning at Chicago’s Kendall College School of Culinary Arts under his belt, Garces’ personal cooking style is something of a self-confessed on-going pursuit. But one which we are happy to explore with him. With a distint Hispanic flair and that notoriously wide smile, Garces has put Philadelphian dining on the map, as well as working his way through the rest of the US.

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