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Chefs in Residency Season 2

Chefs in Residency Season 2

  • Chefs in Residency
  • This Season Latin American Chef Jose Garces hosted emerging, minority chefs from around the Philadelphia region for six-week residencies.
  • Throughout each residency, we raised funds to support the inaugural line-up of chefs and their current and/or future projects. Donations could be made, similar to tipping a server, when the dinner check is presented. The Garces Foundation will match up to the first $5,000. The matching grant will be donated by the Garces Foundation which offers medical and educational resources to the hospitality community.
  • Learn more at The Garces Foundation.

Chef Chance Anies

  • Chance Anies
    Chance Anies
  • Chef Chance Anies
  • Residency Dates: November 15 to January 8, 2022
  • About Chef Chance Anies: Tabachoy started as a passion project, when Chef noticed Philadelphia had very few Filipino food options. He grew up cooking alongside his dad, a personal chef in DC, and he was always interested in pursuing a career in the culinary field. Chef started hosting pop up dinners to see if people might be interested in his food, then in August of 2019, he quit his full time job doing research at Temple Med School, and bought a food cart, which I parked right outside his old office. Three years and a global pandemic later, they are opening our first brick and mortar restaurant in Bella Vista.
  • Donations: Donations will support Camp Miracles, a Philadelphia organization called Hope for Kids.

Chef Juan Lopez

  • Chef Juan Lopez
  • Residency Dates: January 11 to February 12, 2023
  • About Chef Juan Lopez: Juan Lopez is originally from a small, rural town in Puebla, Mexico. Lopez grew up watching his grandmother cook directly from the land- raising her own animals and growing product. He always enjoyed watching her cook. But, it wasn’t until he moved to the United States years later that he first stepped foot in a kitchen himself. Lopez started working in kitchens in a pizza shop in Brooklyn, NY before heading to Philadelphia. He has worked in every restaurant position imaginable - from dishwasher to restaurant owner. He currently owns On Point Bistro, a small brunch spot in Philadelphia. Lopez has worked at many popular spots throughout the city - Alma de Cuba, Buddakan, El Vez, Distrito, Garces Catering, and Amada to name a few, and was formerly the Chef de Cuisine at Garces Trading Company before setting out on his own in 2016 to open On Point Bistro in South Philadelphia.
  • Donations: Donations will support opening a new catering division and creating culinary jobs

Chef Tonii Hicks

  • Chef Tonii Hicks
  • Residency Dates: February 15 to March 19, 2023
  • About Chef Tonii Hicks: Tonii Hicks was born and raised in Philadelphia. Chef focuses on mentoring upcoming chefs, culinary education, community engagement, and food science and innovation. With her Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Science from Drexel University, Chef Hicks has studied how to manipulate food from a rudimentary state to a delectable entrée. While working over 10 years in the industry and in the finest restaurants in the city, Hicks has learned the importance of food and its applications. Her true passion lies in using her art to acknowledge, educate, and do what it takes to invest in social justice in Philadelphia. Tonii Hicks has recently been mentioned as a summer 2022 James Beard House fellow sponsored by Visit Philadelphia.
  • Donations: Donations will support opening a brand new commissary kitchen.

Chef Ryan Elmore and Kaitlin Wines

  • Chef Ryan Elmore and Kaitlin Wines
  • Residency Dates: March 22 to April 23, 2023
  • About Chef Elmore and Wines: Elmore was born at the Jersey Shore (Toms River) where he resided until he turned 18. He then moved to Philly to attend Temple University’s Hospitality Program. He lived with his Italian-American grandmother (Grammy) and his Polish-American Grandfather (Pop-Pop) until he was 10 years old. His grandmother cooked every meal and inspired his love for cooking. They would host their brothers and sisters every Sunday for a big dinner which he always helped prepare. Her hard work, hospitality and love for cooking inspire him in everything he does - especially Mom-Mom’s. Wines was born in Philly, raised at the Shore (Ocean City) and moved to Philly in 2008 after attending Ramapo University for Spanish and Italian. She spent many days baking with Mom-Mom (Rita Chmielewski, who turned 99 in February) when she was growing up. Mom-Mom is Kaitlin’s Polish-American who they named their business after. Mom-Mom owned and operated a bakery in the 50’s-60’s in/around Bridesburg called The Chmielewski Bakery and was famous for her “Sour Cream Pound Cake”. The two crossed paths while bartending together at Triumph Brewery in Old City. After a few late night pierogi parties the idea for Mom-Mom’s Polish Food Cart was born. The food cart opened in 2013 and is still operating today. Their first brick and mortar opened at 2551 Orthodox St in 2018 and was featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives in November of 2020 and their second brick and mortar location opened in March of 2021. They had to unfortunately close the Orthodox St location in January of 2021 due to the pandemic, their lease being up, and the costs they were putting into opening the South St location.
  • Donations: Donations will support Polish American culture in Port Richmond by working with the local Polish American Society

Owner, Sally Song

  • Owner, Sally Song
  • Residency Dates: April 26 to June 4, 2023
  • About Sally Song: Our story began in 2003 when head chef Shizhou Da came to the US with the original recipe for Xiao Long Bao -Chinese steamed soup dumplings. She is the 5th generation of the original chef who created the very first Xiao Long Bao in China and has over 30 years of experience in making fresh, traditional homemade Shanghai style dim sum. After 5 years’ restaurant business in North Jersey and New York, Chef Shizhou Da and her daughter Sally decided to bring Shanghai’s finest dumplings to Philadelphia in 2013. They chose a great restaurant location in Philly Chinatown at 1020 Race Street and attracted more and more people to come to try a bite of Shanghai style dim sum.
  • Donations: Donations will support the opening of a new restaurant.

​Check out the past Resident Chefs: 

Chef Big Rube

  • Chef Big Rube
  • Residency Dates: September 21st - November 13th
  • About Chef Big Rube: Affectionately known as ”Big Rube”, Chef Ruben Harley is truly larger than life. From a young age, Chef’s great grandmother, Sugar, and grandmother, Nan, influenced and taught him the rich traditions of Black Folk style cooking. Inspired by the adversity and racism his great grandmother, Inez ”Sugar” Hammond overcame as a cook for the KKK’s Grand Marshal of South Carolina in the 1920s, Chef chooses to live a life of resilience and fearlessness. Using this eternal resilience and fearlessness, Chef Big Rube has explored and conquered Philadelphia fashion through Mitchell & Ness as well as being one of the city’s most celebrated photographer.
  • Donations: Donations will support Anderson Monarchs, Formed in 1995, the Anderson Monarchs are a sports-based youth development organization based in South Philadelphia. In the ensuing years, Monarchs programs have provided athletic and educational opportunities to thousands of underserved youth in Philadelphia.

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