Chef Juan Lopez Debuts as Chef in Residency at Volvér on Kimmel Cultural Campus

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Chef Jose Garces announced Chef Juan Lopez as the next Chef in Residency at Volvér on Kimmel Cultural Campus. Chef Lopez’s residency will run from January 11, 2023, to February 12, 2023.

“Chef Juan is not only one of my favorite chefs in the city but he is also one of my favorite people in the city,” said Garces. “On a personal level, he’s kind, soft-spoken; just a terrific example of a human being. Personal feelings aside, he’s got a huge amount of talent and I’m so excited to see where he goes with it.”

Garces added, “I’ve been keeping an eye on him since he used to work for me at Alma de Cuba and Amada in 2000 and I’m thrilled to see the level of growth as a chef, especially since opening up On Point Bistro back in 2016. He recently pivoted to an all-day brunch/lunch model and it’s become a real go to brunch spot. He’s created an absolute gem in the Point Breeze neighborhood.”

“Chef Lopez’s artistry reflects his Mexican roots and extensive background working in restaurants across our city,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “We greatly look forward to audiences experiencing his unique culinary talents.”

Funding will both help Chef create a new catering division and new culinary jobs, while supporting the next generation of chefs through the Culinary Program at Jules E. Mastbaum High School. Currently, Lopez’s menu will include French Onion Soup, Burrata, Potato Gnocchi, Pan Seared Duck Breast, Butter Basted Scallops, Crispy Short Rib, Poached Meringue “Fargoias Congeladas”, Port Custard “Pudim” and Rice Pudding “Arroz Doce.”

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For the new Chefs in Residency Program, each Chef will showcase their top signature dishes on the Volvér menu for four to eight weeks, alongside Chef Garces’ signature Portuguese-inspired dishes. Through a special donation program in partnership with the Garces Foundation, each Chef in Residency will have the opportunity to raise money to support their work with their current restaurant, or to use for the start of their next culinary journey.

Volvér’s hours for the season will be from Wednesday to Sunday, from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with a special pre-theatre menu served from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm, and happy hour from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Reservations are now available at, via OpenTable, or by calling 215-670-2302. All guests to Volver must be vaccinated per Kimmel Cultural Campus policy. Volver is located at 300 S. Broad Street, in Center City, Philadelphia.

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