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Chef Jose Garces Introduces Phila Lorn as Next Chef in Residency at Volver at Kimmel Center

Marilyn Johnson

Chef Jose Garces announces Chef Phila Lorn as the next Chef in Residency at Volvér on Kimmel Cultural Campus just in time for the holiday season.
Chef Phila Lorn and Jose Garces at Volvér Restaurant for Chef in Residency Program.Courtesy: Eddy Marenco

For the continuing Chefs in Residency Program, Chef Phila Lorn is the second chef for the inaugural line-up, following Chef Kiki Aranita from Poi Dog Philly. The program will continue in 2022 with Chef Jezabel Careaga from Jezabel’s, Chef Jennifer Zavala of Juana Tamale, Chef Alex Yoon of Little Fish and Chef Dane DeMarco of Sonny’s Cocktail Bar and Wine Dive, and a chef yet to be announced.

Chef Lorn’s residency will run from December 1, 2021, to January 17, 2022. Funding will help support Lorn’s first restaurant that will soon showcase Cambodian food, music, and culture. Currently, Chef Lorn is working at Terrain Glen Mills, and he recently was a special guest chef at Stina in South Philly.
Chef Phila Lorn at Volvér Restaurant Chef in Residency Program.Courtesy: Eddy Marenco

Lorn’s menu will include nearly ten items, including Crispy Soft Shell Shrimp, Pleah, Crab Summer Rolls, Banh Chow Crepe Salad, Steak and Chimichurri, Roasted Hamachi Collar, Mawn’ Pho Don’, and more.

Each Chef will showcase their top signature dishes on the Volvér menu for six to eight weeks, alongside Chef Garces’ signature French-inspired dishes for the new Chefs in Residency Program.

"I'm honored to be able to support Philadelphia's hospitality community through Volver's Chefs in Residency series," said Chef Jose Garces. "One of my hopes for the series was to support these emerging chefs not only in the kitchen but with the business lessons I've learned over my career. I've always been passionate about mentoring the chefs within our group. Extending our resources to help more chefs in the region is a dream come true. I'm grateful to the support the community has provided thus far and hope it continues with each chef as they all bring new talents to the table."

Phila Lorn has been up and down the block in Philadelphia’s food scene for 16 years, cooking with great chefs who taught him how to find himself. Teaching him what to do, what not to do, and most importantly, how to cook. After doing nearly a decade of Japanese food working alongside Chef ZamaSan of Zama, helping to run the kitchen at Stock with Chef Tyler Akins, and learning how to see food as an art alongside Chris Kearse at Will, Lorn realized that his reason for cooking had changed. It no longer was a learning phase as much now; it was no longer wa “the gam” of “beasting” the line. These great chefs and others who represent Philadelphia as a “establis” ed “food town” helped Lorn realize that he wanted to cook his own food and showcase his culture’s flavors.

On working with Garces, Lorn said, "Cooking with Chef Jose Garces and his team during my residency at Volvér will be high on the list of achievements for me. Growing up in Philly’s food scene, Chef Garces is OG. He’s stamped the city with his restaurant concepts and innovative flavors. I don’t know one Chef in Philadelphia who isn’t influenced one way or another by Chef Garces. It will be a true honor to cook alongside him."
Chef Phila Lorn's Menu at Volvér Restaurant Chef in Residency Program.Courtesy: Eddy Marenco

For Lorn’s dishes, patrons will find the following additions to the Volvér menu:

  • Green Papaya Salad
    Katsuobushi/Cambodian Mint/Bird’s eye chili/Fish sauce/Roasted peanuts/Beef ‘Night Market Sticks’
  • Crispy Softshell Shrimp
    Fish Sauce Caramel/ Thai basil/ Toasted Rice Powder/Shishito/Lime
  • Pleah
    Marinated Beef Carpaccio/Long Beans/ Sweet Peppers/ Lime/ Fried Garlic
  • Crab Summer Rolls
    Lump Crab/ Carrot/Jalapeno/ Cucumber/ Spicy Peanut Sauce
  • Banh Chow Crepe Salad
    Coconut crepe/Poached Shrimp/Stewed Chicken/Mom’s Sunday Fish Sauce
  • Steak and Chimichurri
    New York Strip Loin/Prahok Chimichurri/ Japanese Plants/Sticky Rice
  • Roasted Hamachi Collar
    Butter Lettuce/Mint/Cambodian Black Pepper Vinegar/Thai Basil
  • Mawn 'Pho Don'
    Murray’s Chicken/Udon Noodles/Dashi Pho Stock/Bean Sprouts/Cilantro
  • Beignet
    Sweet Milk coffee/ Macerated Banana/ Black Sesame

Guests wishing to support Lorn's first restaurant can donate their meal at Volver. Donations can be made, similar to tipping a server when the dinner check is presented. The Garces Foundation will match up to the first $5,000, allowing each resident chef to raise at least $10,000. The matching grant will be donated by the Garces Foundation, which offers additional resources for the hospitality industry like medical and educational services that the resident chef can take advantage of for themselves or their staff and help them reach their goal/pivot.

“We are thrilled to support these talented chefs and to be a partner in the chefs in residency project,” said Garces Foundation Executive Director Robin Morris. “Philly’s food scene is the best in the country because of the dynamic energy and work ethic of our immigrant food workers and the diversity of chefs and cuisines.”

Through a unique 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 it for the start of their next culinary journey.
Chef Jose Garces with Chefs in Residency at Volvér Restaurant.Courtesy: Eddy Marenco

Volvér’s seasons’ hours will be from Wednesday to Sunday, from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with a special pre-theatre menu 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 Open Table, or by calling 215-670-2302.

All guests coming to Volvér must be vaccinated per Kimmel Cultural Campus policy. Volver is located at 300 S. Broad Street, in Center City, Philadelphia.

Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and beyond. Food news: Travel tips:

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