Jose Garces Instagram Chef Jose Garces is regarded as a culinary expert in Spanish and Latin American cuisine, known for his expertise as an Iron Chef, a James Beard Award winner, an entrepreneur, and a food innovator with a restaurant group in Philadelphia. Experience Garces was born in Chicago to Ecuadorian parents. He's the chef owner of Amada, Buena Onda, Hook & Master, Village Whiskey, Tinto, Volvér, and The Olde Bar in Philadelphia, plus ghost kitchens Livy’s Plant Based Foods and Rustika Pollo a la Brasa.Garces won the 2009 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic and Volvér garnered five stars in the 2016 Forbes Travel Guide. Education Garces has a culinary arts degree from Kendall College. About Food & Wine Food & Wine, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for anyone passionate about the culinary world. With rigorously tested recipes and the most trusted restaurant, drinks, culinary travel and home coverage, we inspire and empower people everywhere to discover, create, and devour the best in food and wine. Learn more about us and our editorial process.