Prominent Philadelphia Chefs Join Culinary Literacy Program

On June 2nd, Iron Chef Jose Garces and James Beard award-winner Marc Vetri will team up with the Free Library of Philadelphia for the launch of the Culinary Literacy Center, which will provide a number of literacy and culinary training programs for native Spanish speakers in the restaurant industry and within the community.

Chefs Garces and Vetri will celebrate the center's grand opening with a special demonstration in the newly-designed, state of the art kitchen.

Free Library of Philadelphia

The first class, a knife skills demonstration led by Garces and Vetri, will host twenty students.

"I love that the Free Library has added a culinary suite to their beautiful Central Branch – and that they've invited community partners in to use the space for education, said Marc Vetri. "Getting people cooking healthy, real food opens up so many learning opportunities for them and their families."

Other classes to come will include ESL classes, workshops with nationally-recognized chefs, and classes on topics like nutrition, shopping, and budgeting.

"We founded the Garces Foundation as a nonprofit organization to address the needs of specifically Philadelphia's vibrant and growing immigrant community," said Jose Garces. To me, this is specific and crucial step where we can work directly to improve the lives of the people this foundation serves."

Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.