Jose Garces was appointed as a member of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition on March 24, 2023, for a 2-year term.
Iron Chef, father, husband, James Beard Award-winner, entrepreneur, and food innovator, Chef Garces is known as a leading culinary authority of Spanish and Latin-American food. From the Spanish tapas at Amada, his first restaurant, to the rotating tasting menus at Volvér at the Kimmel Cultural Campus, Garces continually pushes the boundaries of culinary excellence. While he maintains his successful career owning and operating full-service restaurants, Garces is also looking toward the future, with an increased focus on bringing restaurant-quality experiences to the homes and businesses of culinary enthusiasts in new and interesting ways. From enhanced home delivery options and virtual online cooking demos to live online cooking classes, Garces is excited to connect with both fans of his work on television and the home cook who’d like to experience “chef life” in their own kitchen.
As a child of immigrants and a leader in the diverse and inclusive hospitality industry, the well-being of his community in Philadelphia has always been dear to Garces’ heart. To help provide ongoing and actionable assistance to the immigrant community, Garces co-founded The Garces Foundation in 2011. The Garces Foundation provides services — including community health days, English language skills classes tailored to the restaurant industry, and most recently, an increased focus on procuring and providing food supplies to people experiencing food insecurity. Garces is also the author of 2 cookbooks, Latin Evolution and The Latin Road Home.