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)
March 10, 2014 |
The next big show at the Kimmel Center is going to be one of its most expensive tickets: dinner. The performers? Celebrity Iron Chef Jose Garces and his team. The set? Volvér, a much-awaited jewel box dining room in the Kimmel Center. And not only will its tasting menus instantly become the city's priciest meal, with food alone fluctuating between $150 and $250, it will also become Philly's first restaurant to sell those seats online as a "ticketed experience," prepaid and nonrefundable.
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.
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)
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.
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.
November 23, 2011
When Jose Garces opened Garces Trading Company in 2009, the branding opportunities were endless. Garces coffee! Garces honey! Garces macarons! Now, through a partnership with chocolatier Chris Curtin of Éclat, we get cocoa with a touch of Iron Chef. The milk chocolate with warming mole amarillo is a natural pairing, while others, such as porcini, thyme, and white chocolate, are less intuitive but still intriguing. - Ashley Primis Garces Trading Company chocolate bars, $8 at Garces Trading Company and online, 1111 Locust St., 215-574-1099, garcestradingcompany.com
July 6, 2011 |
THEY may scream for ice cream in Paducah, Peoria and Pittsburgh, but here in the City of Quakers and its environs, water ice satisfies that summertime craving for something sweet and cold. As 17-year-old South Philly resident Brooke White insisted so simply yet eloquently during a recent visit to John's Water Ice, at 7th and Christian Streets, the frozen concoction is "the best thing in the world. " While that assessment is surely open to debate, there's no denying water ice is as much a part of our region's culinary DNA as hoagies and cheesesteaks, despite it not having received the same level of publicity those two edible icons have.