Jose Garces, Iron Chef (photo
courtesy The Food Network)
Allez Cuisine!‚ Jose Garces hails from Philadelphia - where he has five restaurants - but he also is quick to point out his Chicago roots.‚ Growing up on the Northwest Side in an Ecuadorian-American household, Garces is also the man in charge at Mercat a la Planxa in the Blackstone Hotel on South Michigan Ave.
He recently became the Food Network's "Next Iron Chef," and then proceeded to clean the clock of his first competitor on last Sunday's "Iron Chef America" - his first battle in the new chef's duds.‚ I spoke with him this week about the newfound stardom and his humble Chicago roots. Jose Garces