The culinary community in Chicago is scratching its collective head over Jose Garces, the chef whose new Spanish restaurant, Mercat a la Planxa, has taken the town by storm. They can't figure out how someone so talented and with such deep local roots — Garces was born and raised in Chicago and is a graduate of the city's Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, but has never cooked here until now — has flown underneath their radar for so long. “He's a native son,” they ask. “How did we all ...

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