Who knew Jose Garces was so… slippery? In a Q&A; in Philadelphia Weekly the PR-savvy Garces shrewdly avoids confirming whether he’s planning an Amada in New York and glosses over answering a question about an unconfirmed beer-n-brats concept in Wash West with a “my team and I are always developing ideas for other locations.” Garces expertly navigates the tricky divide of where his city loyalty lies by proclaiming “Chicago is my hometown. Philly is my home” and then addresses comparisons with his former employer (and rumored nemesis) Stephen Starr by calling him a “gifted businessman, but I think the main difference between us is that I’m a chef first and a restaurateur second. I do what I do because I love to cook.” Was that both a left-handed compliment and a subtle dig? We’re sure they’re both spending lots of time stewing over it from the comfort of their giant piles of money.
Q&A;: Jose Garces [PW]