Philadelphia area chef brings home top honor!
Chef Jose Garces defeated Chef Jehangir Mehta in the Food Network 2009 Next Iron Chef competition. The Next Iron Chef finale aired this past Sunday on the Food Network.
Both Chefs have participated in NFCA Gluten-Free Cooking Spree events and received GREAT training in conjunction with their participation. Chef Mehta took part in the 2007 New York City Gluten-Free Cooking Spree, while Chef Garces and his establishments (Amada, Distrito, Chifa, and Tinto) have been represented at the 2008 and 2009 Appetite for Awareness celebrations.
Garces will debut as an Iron Chef on January 17, 2010, when he squares off against Seattle chef Rachel Yang.
Check out photos of Chef Garces celebrating his victory with family and friends at a viewing party!
Chef Jose Garces has emerged as an enormous talent and one of the nation's most gifted chefs at the age of only 35, a reputation that he solidified with the success of first restaurant, Amada, which opened in 2005. Garces has five additional restaurants in both Philadelphia and Chicago, and authored his first cookbook, Latin Evolution (Lake Isle Press, September 2008).
For about Jose Garces and his Next Iron Chef victory, click here.