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The Next Iron Chef

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Jose Garces Restaurants in Philadelphia

Iron Chef Jose Garces Makes Philly More Delicious

Chef Jose Garces rose to prominence in the food world after he opened Amada in Old City in 2005. In the five years since, Garces has changed the face of Philadelphia’s dining scene and, in the process, gained a lot of national recognition.

To date, he’s opened seven wildly successful restaurants in Philadelphia — Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Chifa, Village Whiskey, Garces Trading Company and, most recently, JG Domestics. In the spring of 2009, he won the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” award. Then in the fall of 2009, Chef Garces competed on and won Food Network’s hit show The Next Iron Chef.

For 2010, Chef Garces and his restaurant company, Garces Restaurant Group, have plans to open at least two new restaurants in Philadelphia, Frohman’s Wursthaus, a fun beers-and-bratwursts joint and Guapos Tacos, a Mexican food truck

About The Chef

Born and raised in Chicago by Ecuadoran parents, Garces’ background contributes to his ease at combining different cultures. After honing his skills in Spain and New York City, the culinary maverick trained under Douglas Rodriguez, the father of Nuevo Latino cuisine, and helmed the kitchens at both Alma de Cuba and El Vez, two wildly successful Latin-influenced Stephen Starr restaurants in Philadelphia.

In 2005, the chef extraordinaire debuted his own restaurant, Amada, and attracted immediate crowds and national buzz. Garces was hailed as a visionary for the Old City spot, which serves Spanish and New World-influenced tapas in an elegant yet comfortable setting.

Following Amada’s success, Garces opened Tinto in 2007. The wine bar in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood specializes in “pinxtos,” the Basque region’s Spanish- and French-influenced version of tapas.

Garces continued to pull from his roots with Distrito, opened in July 2008, an expansive, bi-level eatery in University City that dishes out Mexico City-inspired cuisine. Garces also honored his hometown of Chicago when he opened Mercat a la Planxa in the Windy City earlier this year.

Featured Listings

  • Amada

    Iron Chef Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant

    Amada by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Old City’s Amada, chef Jose Garces has created the city’s grandest tapas restaurant, complete with a wall of wooden sangria casks, cured hams and cheeses hanging over the main bar and a menu that ranges from traditional — tortilla espanola, Spanish olives, warm fava bean salad — to edgy — foie gras flatbreads and artichoke and spinach empanadas.

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  • Distrito

    Tapas and tequila reign at this deliciously over-the-top Mexican hot spot

    Distrito by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Distrito, Jose Garces’ two-story Mexican outpost in University City, incredible tapas dishes mingle with a funky (and mostly pink) décor — including the restaurant’s famous Volkswagen Beetle booth — to bring you a thoroughly entertaining night out.

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  • Tinto

    Small plates from the Basque country arrive near Rittenhouse Square

    Tinto by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    Tinto, the second restaurant from Iron Chef Jose Garces, showcases the extraordinary tastes of the Basque country, the coastal and mountainous region that blurs the lines of demarcation between Spain and France.

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  • Village Whiskey

    Jose Garces tackles the classic American spirit, with bar snacks to match

    Village Whiskey by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    Located in a Rittenhouse Square space evoking the free-wheeling spirit of a speakeasy, Village Whiskey is prolific Chef Jose Garces’ intimate, 30-seat tribute to the time-honored liquor.

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  • Volvér

    A theatrical dining experience by Chef Jose Garces at the Kimmel Center

    Two different ever-evolving tasting menus highlight seasonal and local ingredients.

    Based on Garces’ world travels, Volvér offers two distinct experiences for diners: a first-come, first-served champagne bar dubbed Bar Volvér and a ticketed dining experience with just two seatings a night.

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  • JG Domestic

    Garces goes homegrown

    J.G. Domestic in the Cira Centre

    Though Jose Garces’ wheelhouse is Latin cuisine, he takes a decidedly American approach at the aptly named JG Domestic, his creative, whimsical eatery in Cira Centre. Check out happy hour for nice drink deals and occasional live music.

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  • Garces Trading Company

    The Iron Chef opens an all-in-one culinary destination and wine boutique

    Garces Trading Company

    Situated in a large space in the Washington Square West neighborhood, Garces Trading Company — a gourmet market and cafe — is the sixth Philadelphia restaurant by Iron Chef Jose Garces.

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  • Distrito

    Tapas and tequila reign at this deliciously over-the-top Mexican hot spot

    Distrito by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Distrito, Jose Garces’ two-story Mexican outpost in University City, incredible tapas dishes mingle with a funky (and mostly pink) décor — including the restaurant’s famous Volkswagen Beetle booth — to bring you a thoroughly entertaining night out.

    View More
  • Tinto

    Small plates from the Basque country arrive near Rittenhouse Square

    Tinto by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    Tinto, the second restaurant from Iron Chef Jose Garces, showcases the extraordinary tastes of the Basque country, the coastal and mountainous region that blurs the lines of demarcation between Spain and France.

    View More
  • Amada

    Iron Chef Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant

    Amada by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Old City’s Amada, chef Jose Garces has created the city’s grandest tapas restaurant, complete with a wall of wooden sangria casks, cured hams and cheeses hanging over the main bar and a menu that ranges from traditional — tortilla espanola, Spanish olives, warm fava bean salad — to edgy — foie gras flatbreads and artichoke and spinach empanadas.

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