World Chefs: Jose Garces to put on a show at new restaurant

Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:07am EDT
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jose Garces has been practicing his entertaining skills and refining the menu he will cook before guests at his latest fine-dining venture restaurant Volver, set to open on Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Performing and cooking before a live audience has become second nature for Garces after he won the title of "Iron Chef," the popular U.S. television cooking competition in 2009.

Volver, in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, will be the eighth restaurant the Chicago-born chef has opened in Philadelphia.

Garces, whose parents immigrated from Ecuador, also plans to open restaurants later this year in New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

At Volver, diners can sample small plates and choose from a huge selection of caviar and champagne in the lounge area, or make reservations in the 34-seat dining room and performing area to sample the multi-course menu.

Garces spoke to Reuters about the restaurant, his evolution as a chef and new ingredients:

Q: Compare Volver with your other restaurants.

A: Volver is a look-back for me on the many dining experiences I have had the pleasure of having over my career. For me, it's looking at those experiences and creating my interpretation of a fine-dining, creative, luxury experience.   Continued...

American chef Jose Garces poses on his farm, Luna Farms, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in July 2013 in this handout photo provided by Baltz & Co. REUTERS/Jason Varney/Baltz & Co/Handout via Reuters