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).

Rob Keddie

Rob Keddie

Chief Executive Officer

Rob is responsible for the strategic vision, development, and overall leadership of Garces. He joined Garces in 2013 with over 20 years of experience representing renowned chefs, developers and hospitality professionals in both legal and business, including the structuring of specialty consulting, partnership and joint venture agreements, restaurant lease negotiation and analysis, financing arrangements, and functioning as a "turn around" and strategic consultant on early stage hospitality projects.

Yousuf Hasan

Yousuf Hasan

Chief Financial Officer

Yousuf is a 20 year veteran of the hospitality industry. Yousuf has had significant experience in streamlining and setting up financial processes at mid-market and growth stage food service entities. As the CFO at EMM Group, he spearheaded the implementation of a purchasing system. As the Director of Finance for Hakkasan USA, he created the financial infrastructure for the $150m business. Most recently, he worked as a boutique investment banker focused on the restaurants.

Scott Steenrod

Scott Steenrod

Chief Operating Officer

Scott returned to Philadelphia to join Garces as the Vice President of Restaurant Operations, providing operational, sales, and marketing to restaurants. Prior to Garces, Scott spent 12 years with Celebrity Cruises, based out of Miami, having most recently served as the Corporate Vice President of Food and Beverage operations.

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

AVP, Sales and Marketing

Judy has been with Garces since 2011 and leads 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.

Blake Macomber

Blake Macomber

AVP, Finance

Blake Macomber is a CPA who oversees all of Garces Group’s financial affairs. He previously served as Finance Manager and Controller for Starr Restaurants and Starr Catering Group in Philadelphia and as Unit Controller for New York’s Union Square Hospitality Group, LLC. A native of Washington state, he served as senior tax accountant for Seattle’s Moss Adams LLP regional CPA firm, and as staff accountant at Clothier & Head.

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.