Jose Garces's Farmhouse Kitchen

Food & Wine: Jose Garces's Farmhouse Kitchen
Jose Garces reveals his renovated farmhouse kitchen. Photo © Jason Varney
By Christine Quinlan Posted January 10, 2014

Jose Garces is such an overachiever (with 17 restaurants and 
counting) that he turned his country retreat into a hard-working farm and the worn-out kitchen there into a design showpiece.

When Jose Garces bought Luna Farm in 
Ottsville, Pennsylvania, he wasn't quite sure what he was getting into. "The soil is clay 
and rock, so you look at it and wonder how anything will grow," he says. (The property now produces ingredients for many of Garces's 17 restaurants, including his Philadelphia flagship, Amada.) The Iron Chef
knew one thing, though: The farmhouse kitchen, which hadn't been updated since John F. Kennedy was in office, needed 
an overhaul. Working with designer Gretchen Kubiak, he transformed the space, installing professional-grade equipment, like a BlueStar range (right). Now, the kitchen is both a great place for Garces to cook dishes like chicken and rice (above) for his family, and also perfect for the farm dinners he plans to 
offer to the public. His kids are ready to help: "My daughter and 
I once baked 64 cookies in 12 minutes," Garces says.

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