Today’s guest is Jose Garces, Father, farmer, food and drink lover, restaurateur, James Beard Award winner, author and Iron Chef. A second-generation Latin American, Garces was born to Ecuadorian parents and raised in Chicago. His culinary passion was cultivated at a young age by his paternal grandmother,, who taught him the Latin way of cooking. After graduating from Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts, Garces worked in top-rated professional kitchens fromSpain to New York City before moving to Philadelphia and opening his first restaurant in 2005. He has since emerged as one of the nation’s leading chefs; owning and operating over a dozen restaurants, a thriving event/catering division and non-profit organization as well as a 40-acre organic farm in Bucks County, PA. Chef Garces is also the author of two cookbooks, The Latin Road Home and Latin Evolution.

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