Chef and Chief Culinary Officer, The Garces Group – Philadelphia, PA
Chef Jose Garces, chief culinary officer of the Garces Group, is known as a leading culinary authority of Spanish and Latin-American food. He is a 2009 winner of the James Beard Foundation’s prestigious Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic award and one of eight chefs in the country to hold the title of Iron Chef. In addition, Garces is the author of two cookbooks, Latin Evolution and The Latin Road Home.
Garces, a child of immigrants and a leader in the diverse and inclusive hospitality industry, has always held the well-being of his community in Philadelphia dear to his heart. To help provide ongoing and actionable assistance to the immigrant community in Philadelphia, he cofounded the Garces Foundation in 2011. The foundation provides services such as community health days, English language skills classes that target the restaurant industry, and food supplies to the food insecure.