Chef Jose Garces was recently named by President Biden as one of twenty-seven new appointees to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN), a federal advisory committee that aims to promote healthy, accessible eating and physical activity for all Americans, regardless of background or ability. In his new role on the council, Garces will focus on expanding national awareness of the importance of mental health as it pertains to physical fitness and nutrition.
The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition was established in 1956 and has worked to play an important role in educating Americans regarding the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating. Through partnerships with the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the Council promotes programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to lead active, healthy lives.
Chef Jose Garces was among twenty-seven recent appointees, by President Biden under the renewed Executive Order 14048, which also expanded the Council’s mission to include a focus on mental health as it relates to fitness and nutrition. Fellow appointees consist of the nation’s top athletes, physicians, fitness and nutrition professionals, chefs, and entrepreneurs, all of whom serve in an advisory capacity through the Department of Health and Human Services.
Garces is known as a leading culinary authority of Spanish and Latin-American food, and he continues to rise in the ranks as one of the nation’s most treasured celebrity chefs. Alongside his appointment to the President’s Council, Garces has earned many accolades, including the title of Iron Chef and James Beard Award Winner. As a chef and restaurateur, Garces operates over a dozen independent restaurants in Pennsylvania and Atlantic City, NJ, and is also the founder and face of a fast-growing national franchise, Buena Onda.
Since 2012, Garces has headed The Garces Foundation, a nonprofit organization helping to support Philadelphia’s immigrant community, employees of the hospitality industry and their families. The Garces Foundation offers a wide range of support for Philadelphia immigrant community, including English language instruction and dental and medical care.
For more information about the President’s Council on Sports, Nutrition and Fitness, visit: https://health.gov/our-work/nutrition-physical-activity/presidents-council
ABOUT CHEF JOSE GARCES
Iron Chef, father, husband, James Beard Award-winner, entrepreneur, and food innovator, Chef Jose Garces is known as a leading culinary authority of Spanish and Latin-American food. From the Spanish tapas at Amada, his first restaurant, to the playful Japanese street food at Okatshe in Atlantic City, Chef Garces continually pushes the boundaries of culinary excellence.
In addition to his restaurants, Chef Garces is constantly evolving and leading the charge on national culinary trends. He recently launched Como Como, a line of packaged goods available nationwide at Costco stores to deliver delicious and nutritious Latin flavors. He also serves as a featured chef on CookUnity, a chef-driven weekly meal subscription service delivering chef-driven ready-to-eat meals directly to
costumer’s doorsteps. While he maintains his successful career owning and operating full-service restaurants, Chef Garces is also looking toward the future, with an increased focus on bringing restaurant-quality experiences to the homes and businesses of culinary enthusiasts in new and interesting ways. From enhanced home delivery options and virtual online cooking demos, to live online cooking classes, Chef Garces is excited to connect with both fans of his work on television, as well as the home cook who would like to experience “chef life” in their own kitchen. Chef Garces is the author of two cookbooks, Latin Evolution and The Latin Road Home, published by Lake Isle Press. To learn more, please visit, www.chefgarces.com or follow him on social media on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.