Iron Chef Jose Garces will soon introduce the season line-up of residents at Volvér. Photo: Harrison Brink/AL DÍA News.
Iron Chef Jose Garces will soon introduce the season line-up of residents at Volvér. Photo: Harrison Brink/AL DÍA News.

Jose Garces unveils new line-up of residents for Volvér program

Garces’ residency program gives local chefs the opportunity to showcase their talent through a new lens.


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Iron Chef Jose Garces has seen so much success in The City of Brotherly Love.

Garces recently announced the second season of his Volvér Residency program, which will allow ambitious, talented chefs to promote their skills at Garces’ restaurant, Volvér inside of the Kimmel Center.

Each chef will be able to take over the kitchen at Volvér and create eclectic dishes that represent their talent. The chefs get to take over the kitchen for six weeks to eight weeks. At the end of the program, the chefs will be able to raise money through donations. The money can be raised similar to tipping a server, when the dinner check is presented.

The money will go towards their future projects and will give them the opportunity to grow their businesses.

The chefs will feature diverse dishes that represent their talent. Garces will also feature his dishes, which will be inspired by the country of Portugal.

“We are excited to launch our new menu at Volvér this season,” said Garces. “The menu features Portuguese-inspired dishes that exemplify the food’s bold and beautiful color. When developing this menu, we explored the beautiful cuisine of Portugal and the neighboring influences from Europe and the Mediterranean.”

Chefs who will partake in the residency program are Reuben “Big Rube” Harley, Chance Anies, Juan Lopez, Tonii Hicks, Ryan Elmore, Kaitlin Wines, and Sally Song. Another chef will be announced later on this year.

“After the successful debut season of the Chefs in Residency Program at Volvér, I’m so proud to be able to announce the second cohort has been selected,” said Garces. “We’re kicking this season off with Chef Reuben ‘Big Rube’ Harley, whose “Black Folks Style Cooking” has been making a big impact in the region. This, combined with his flair for fashion and design, made him an obvious choice to jump off this new season.”

Reuben “Big Rube” Harley, a photographer and homestyle cook, is the owner of Chef Big Rube's Kitchen at Pitchers Pub in Manayunk. His residency runs now through Nov. 13.

His menu includes his “dynamite” turkey rolls, crispy fried okra, battered fried whitefish, and Rube’s famous meatloaf.

Other chefs are listed below:

Chance Anies: A Filipino-American chef, who owns food cart, Tabachoy, will be opening his own brick-and-mortar restaurant in Bella Vista.

His residency begins Nov. 16 to Jan. 8, 2023.

Juan Lopez: Is a chef at On Point Bistro, a BYOB brunch eatery in Point Breeze. He is from Puebla, Mexico, he always became curious about cooking and creating recipes from scratch. Lopez grew up watching his grandmother cook family recipes in the kitchen.

He worked in Brooklyn for many years in pizza shops before moving to Philadelphia. Lopez has worked in every position in the restaurant business including food prep and dishwasher.

He met Garces when they both worked at Alma De Cuba, as a line cook. He then followed Garces to his restaurant, Amada. Lopez has worked at restaurants all over the city including El Vez, Buddakan, and Alma De Cuba. In 2016, Lopez opened his owned restaurant, On Point bistro, alongside his wife, Mallory.

His residency will run Jan. 11 to Feb. 12, 2023.

Chef Tonii Hicks: Born and raised in Philadelphia, Chef Hicks grew up in the kitchen. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Science from Drexel University and has over 10 years of culinary experience.

Her residency begins Feb. 15 and ends March 19, 2023.

Chef Ryan Elmore and Kaitlin Wines: Owners of Polish American eatery, Mom Mom’s Kitchen on South Street.

Their residency will run March 22 to April 23, 2023

Sally Song: Chef Song owns Dim Sum Garden in Chinatown along with her mother, Chef Shizhou Da.

Their residency will run April 26 to June 4, 2023.


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