If you’re a Philly foodie, you’ve not lived until you’ve gone Garces. With the recent addition of hot Cira Center eatery JG Domestic, the Garces Group— owned by chef and restaurateur Jose Garces— is seven restaurants strong in Philadelphia. The Chicago-born James Beard Award winner hasn’t stopped growing his now illustrious career since he opened his tapas den Amada in 2005. His cuisines range from trendy bar food to authentic Spanish. However, fans of Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Chifa, Village Whiskey, Garces Trading Company, and JG Domestic rave about a unifying focus on bold flavor, branding, and concepts that raise the bar on Philadelphia's restaurant scene. Now, with the Iron Chef title and arguably Philly’s best burger (the Village Burger at Village Whiskey) under his belt, Garces says that his successes were totally unexpected. With his winning combination of humility, talent, and drive, we think his achievements were a long time coming. Here, At Media takes a closer look at the celebrity chef with Philly’s favorite palate.