Get real with Jose Garces

Posted: August 22, 2011

Who: The James Beard-awarded Philly chef operates seven local restaurants (Amada, Distrito, Garces Trading Co., Tinto . . . ) and won Season 2 of Food Network's "The Next Iron Chef."

Age: 39.

From: Chicago.

Where now: Center City and Ottsville, Bucks County.

On TV: See him face Tuscan-Italian chef Cesare Casella in a seafood-centric battle in Kitchen Stadium on "Iron Chef America" on the Food Network at 10 p.m. Sunday.

Touch that dial: Iron Chef, schmiron chef. The true test of Garces' culinary might comes tomorrow when Garces' kids, Olivia, 9, and Andres, 4, join their papa on Sprout's "The Sunny Side Up Show," 9 a. m.-noon. The preschool-set cook-off pits dear old dad against fierce competitor Chica the Chicken. Mystery ingredient: cheese.

What's up next: Garces has his hands in pots at a swanky new resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., and is transforming South 13th Street's Letto Deli into Frohman's Wursthaus, a beers and brats hall.

Odds: 2-1 he'll best Casella in battle - and that bird better think about packing its knives, too.

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Meet Sean and Chica from "The Sunny Side Up Show" at 11 a.m. Thursday, at the Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, 215-581-3181,

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