LEADERSHIP

Jose Garces

Jose Garces

Chef/Chairman

Since opening his first restaurant in 2005, Chef Jose Garces has emerged as one of the nation’s leading chefs and restaurateurs. He is the 2009 winner of the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” award and one of only a few chefs in the country to hold the coveted title of Iron Chef. Chef Garces is the author of The Latin Road Home (Lake Isle Press, October 2012), a culinary and cultural tour of Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Cuba and Peru, and his debut cookbook, Latin Evolution (Lake Isle Press, Fall 2008).

Melissa Scully

Melissa Scully

Chief Culture and Development Officer

Melissa has opened all of Garces’ restaurants to date. Most recently, she oversaw the successful opening of Amada at Brookfield Place, Garces’ first in New York. Melissa has been integral to Chef Garces’ work from the very beginning, serving as the opening general manager at Amada in 2005, and growing within the group with each new property. Part of her duties include overseeing design, construction, turnover to operations, and the hiring and training of new staff.

Judy Moore

Judy Moore

Senior Vice President

Judy has been with Garces since 2011. She is responsible for the overall revenue growth of Garces, handling both the restaurant and events divisions. Previously, Judy led their sales and marketing division with her expertise in developing community partnerships and growing top-line revenue. As a seasoned event professional, Judy previously owned her own event planning firm and served as Director of Sales and Catering for Philadelphia based Guest Counts Hospitality. Throughout her career, Judy has earned accolades for creating and executing exceptional events, including work with former President Bill Clinton’s Library Foundation.

Speaking Engagements

The Garces Leadership Team has spoken at: The National Restaurant Association, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and Philly Ad Club.

For more information on the team's availability, please contact marketing@garcesgroup.com.