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Jose Garces

Garces Restaurants

Renowned Latin-American chef Jose Garces translates his rich cultural traditions and culinary vision into personal dining experiences through Garces, the eponymous Philadelphia-based hospitality group.  Garces operates more than 15 restaurants across the country, including Amada, Distrito, Tinto, Village Whiskey, Garces Trading Company, JG Domestic, Volvér, Rural Society, The Olde Bar, Buena Onda, 24 Wood Fired Fare, Olón, Okatshe, and Ortzi. Garces also operates Garces Events, a full-service catering and event division; the Garces Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to Philadelphia’s underserved immigrant community; Garces & Sons Coffee, where Chef Garces works with his father who roasts all of the coffee; and Luna Farm, Chef Garces’ 40-acre farm in Bucks County, PA. For more information about Garces Restaurants, Garces Events, the Garces Foundation, Luna Farm or founder Jose Garces, please visit and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

More about Jose Garces

What is your ultimate comfort food?Any variety of pizza tops that list for me, whether it's Chicago-style deep-dish, Neopolitan, pan pizza, tavern style - the list could go on and on. They all match a moment and a mood, with the end result being guaranteed satisfaction.If you weren't a chef, what would you be?I would be a golf pro. When I play golf, I'm constantly challenging myself and my game, and I believe the same could be said about the way I approach the kitchen, so it's really not that far off.What three things are always in your pantry?Bomba rice Arbequina olive oil Homemade blueberry & oat granolaIf you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?When I watched the episode from Season 3 of Chef's Table featuring Chef Jeong Kwan, my mind was blown. She's a Zen Buddhist nun cooking vegan meals, and her cuisine is simple and clean yet highly creative.