November 23, 2009 |
Jose Garces, Philadelphia's "it" chef-restaurateur, was announced last night as the newest member of the Food Network's Iron Chef America team - not only earning him bragging rights, but also directing an international spotlight on his fast-growing empire run out of Old City. On last night's episode of The Next Iron Chef, Garces, 37, won a cooking duel against New York chef Jehangir Mehta, capping a season that began Oct. 4 with 10 contestants. Garces hosted a boisterous viewing party last night at his West Philadelphia Mexican restaurant, Distrito, that attracted several hundred fans and members of his close-knit staff who shrieked at the announcement shortly before 10 p.m. Chef Seamus Mullen, who was eliminated on last week's show, came down from New York to see Garces and Mehta create a multicourse meal out of various ribs.
December 5, 2010 |
Pro athletes hit the gym to train for the big game. Jose Garces works out in the kitchen. In addition to his role as owner of Amada, Tinto, Village Whiskey, and four other Philadelphia restaurants, Garces wears the starched jacket of an Iron Chef, one of seven culinary household names who battle challengers on the Food Network. With its campily scowling "chairman," sparkling Kitchen Stadium, and flashy graphics, Iron Chef America might seem like a prime-time game show.
December 13, 2012 |
CHRISTMAS WITHOUT the swine? Not in Jose's world. Although he was born in Chicago, "Iron Chef" and restaurateur Jose Garces is a product of his parents' Ecuadorean roots. While other families were passing the Pillsbury dinner rolls and carving the holiday Butterball turkey, his clan reveled in roasted leg of pork with sides like black beans and roasted hominy salad. In his family, like those of millions of other newly minted Americans, embracing a new home came with a heaping helping of old homeland comfort food on the side.
December 7, 2011 |
Jose Garces, who has been parlaying his status as an Iron Chef on the Food Network to build a dining empire, will open three restaurants at Revel Atlantic City, the $2.4 billion megacasino scheduled to open in the spring. The project catapults Garces, already the city's most prominent celebrity chef, to yet another level. Few restaurateurs have grown as quickly as Garces, 39, who opened Amada, on Chestnut Street, in 2005, and won his national television deal nearly two years ago. Garces owns seven restaurants in Philadelphia (with an eighth on the way next year)
June 20, 2000 |
I summon . . . Iron Chef! It's the second-most-watched show on the Food Network, and surely the most innovative, imaginative, and downright weird cooking program in the history of food on TV. The Japanese import started running on the Food Network last June with dubbed translations for the Iron Chefs and subtitles for the host, Kaga Takeshi (one listen, and you'll know why the Food Network lets him speak for himself). It features four chefs, each with an oversized personality, fashions usually not seen outside a Siegfried and Roy show, and a floor reporter who darts from rice cooker to ice-cream maker to stove breathlessly shouting out the components of each dish as if he's delivering secrets of state across enemy lines.
January 16, 2014 |
PHILLY's no stranger to reality-TV stardom. First came "Survivor" guy Gervase Peterson. Next was "American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini. We've won "Project Runway" twice. We've got an "Iron Chef" and at least one "Top Chef. " Jon and Kate Gosselin had millions of viewers - and their eight kids sure were cute. Today, there's a couple of new reality-TV stars in town. They're candid. They're stylish. They're beyond hot. They might be Philly's biggest, yet. Although their hair is always impeccably blown out, they definitely let their local roots show through.
October 14, 2010
10 tonight FOOD NETWORK Iron Chef Michael Symon (right) tours the country to settle longstanding culinary rivalries. Philly's cheesesteak is vetted tonight as Pat's King of Steaks faces off against Geno's Steaks? What, no Tony Luke's?
August 25, 2011
* There's still time this month to catch the peachy specials at Gemelli on Main (4161 Main St., 215-487-1230): a summer cocktail of Peach Infused Bourbon with Ginger Beer and Fresh Mint ($10) and a Warm Peach and Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Honey Caramelized Shallots, Baby Arugula, Candied Pecans and Port Wine Reduction ($12). Monday's BYO night at Clark Gilbert's modern continental. * Pay tribute to French artist Paul Gauguin and his Polynesian masterpieces with the Tiki Cocktail Dinner Aug. 26 at Granite Hill at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (26th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215-684-7990)
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.
January 15, 2015 |
THOSE KILLER SONGS you hear on Fox's hit hip-hop soap "Empire"? They're coming straight out of Philly. Producer Jim Beanz , born James David Washington , works with superproducer Timbaland to create the pulse of the show. Beanz told me he creates about 90 percent of the music, working with local producer J. Nick and London's TroyBoi , with Timbaland overseeing the entire operation. "Most of the music was done here, at my studio in Bryn Mawr, believe it or not," Beanz told me from the show's premiere in L.A. last week.