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Jose Garces

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Since opening his first restaurant, Amada, in 2005, Chef Jose Garces has emerged as one of the nation’s most gifted chefs. He has opened seven additional restaurants; authored a stunning cookbook, Latin Evolution (Lake Isle Press, September 2008); won the James Beard Foundation’s prestigious “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” award 2009; and won Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, making him one of just six chefs in the country to hold the title of Iron Chef America. Garces’ Philadelphia restaurants form his eponymous Garces Restaurant Group.

He is owner and executive chef of each, and all are counted among the city’s best: Amada, an Andalusian tapas bar and restaurant; Tinto, a Basque wine bar and restaurant; Distrito,
a modern Mexican restaurant; Chifa, a Latin-Asian restaurant; Village Whiskey, a classic
American bar; Garces Trading Company, a gourmet market and café that is also the name
of his retail group; JG Domestic, an artisanal American restaurant; and Guapos Tacos, a
mobile truck serving modern Mexican street food. He also sells his own line of custom roasted coffee and espresso beans, both online and at Garces Trading Company.

Chef Garces is also the executive chef at Chicago’s much-praised Catalan restaurant Mercat a la Planxa. Both Distrito and Mercat were named to Esquire magazine’s list of “20 Best New Restaurants, 2008.” In addition, Chef Garces wrote first cookbook, Latin Evolution (Lake Isle Press, September 2008), and is hard at work on a second. In 2010, Chef Garces won Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, and now appears regularly on Iron Chef America. He has been featured on top TV shows and in prestigious publications such as Today Show, Nightline, The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and Wall Street Journal.

An American chef born to Ecuadorian parents and raised in Chicago, Chef Garces began his culinary training in the kitchen of his paternal grandmother, Mamita Amada. Today, he is known for his wide smile and educational approach to food, as well as his mastery of a diverse range of cuisines and ingredients.

For more information on Chef Jose Garces or any of his restaurants, please visit and follow them on Twitter: @garcesgroup.

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