Allen Parker

Allen P.

New York, NY
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Allen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Females 12 to 30, males 8 to 15 and special needs

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Allen is an Ecuadorian American chef, restaurant owner, and Iron Chef. He was born in Chicago to Ecuadorian parents. He won in the second season of The Next Iron Chef.[1] After graduating from Gordon Tech in 1990, Garces studied Culinary Arts at Kendall College in Chicago.

Garces owns eight restaurants in Philadelphia: Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Rosa Blanca, Village Whiskey, Garces Trading Company, JG Domestic, Volver and Buena Onda. He also owns three restaurants in Atlantic City, NJ at the Revel Hotel and Casino: Amada - Atlantic City, Village Whiskey - Atlantic City and Distrito Cantina. Distrito Cantina includes a reproduction of the Guapos Taco truck inside the Revel Hotel. He also operates additional locations in Scottsdale, AZ with Distrito - Scottsdale, a continuation of his award-winning Distrito restaurant brand, and Old Town Whiskey in the Sagauro Hotel. And in California the Tinto - Palm Springs and El Jefe Bar brings Garces coast to coast. He also serves as executive chef for Mercat a la Planxa in Chicago in partnership with Sage Restaurant Group. For his work at these restaurants, he was named best chef, Mid-Atlantic region by the James Beard Foundation.[2] Garces opened Rural Society, a contemporary Argentine steakhouse, in Washington DC. Rural Society has a second location in Chicago, IL.

Garces has been a challenger on Iron Chef America, defeating Bobby Flay on a 2008 episode featuring melon.[3] He also competed in the second season of The Next Iron Chef and he was selected the sixth Iron Chef after defeating opponent chef Jehangir Mehta on November 22, 2009.[4] Garces debuted as an Iron Chef on January 17, 2010, when he defeated Seattle chef Rachel Yang in Battle Hawaiian Moi.[5]

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