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Chef Jennifer Zavala of Juana Tamale is the Next Chef in Residency at Volver

Marilyn Johnson

Chef Jose Garces announces Chef Jennifer Zavala as the next Chef in Residency at Volvér on Kimmel Cultural Campus. Chef Zavala's residency will run from March 16 to May 1, 2022.
Chef Jose Garces with Chef Jennifer Zavala for Chefs in Residency Program at Volvér Restaurant.Courtesy of Eddy Marenco

For the continuing Chefs in Residency Program, Chef Zavala is the fourth chef for the inaugural line-up, following Chef Kiki Aranita from Poi Dog Philly, Chef Phila Lorn from Terrain, and Jezabel Careaga from Jezabel's and L'Atelier. Zavala's residency runs from March 16th to May 1st. The program will continue in 2022 with Chef Alex Yoon of Little Fish and Chef Dane DeMarco of Sonny's Cocktail Bar, Burger Time, and Wine Dive.

When asked about working with Garces again, Zavala says, “I’m thrilled to be back in the kitchen with Garces, partly because I have grown SO MUCH since I first started at his restaurant Amada many years ago. I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my passion for my community, through my art of cooking. It’s truly a full-circle moment for me.”

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 it for the start of their next culinary journey.

On working with Zavala, Chef Garces said, "I’m so excited to have Chef Jennifer Zavala as our Chef in Residency at Volvér for March and Women’s History Month. From selling tamales out of a truck, to finally opening her critically acclaimed restaurant on East Passyunk Avenue, Chef Zavala is the epitome of Philadelphia's grit, passion, and tenacity. Her hustle knows no bounds."

Chef Jennifer Zavala is an industry veteran, having spent 14 of her 27-year career in Philadelphia. A self-taught chef, Jennifer's inspiration is drawn from her Mexican roots. Previous credits include Cha Chas (Los Angeles) and here in Philadelphia: El Camino Real, Xochilt, The Farmers Cabinet, Underground Arts, and Will BYOB. Jennifer's career included a stint on the 6th season of Bravo's popular cooking competition, Top Chef: Las Vegas. Her current project, perhaps her biggest, as she just opened a brick-and-mortar fast-casual eatery with a cult-like following called Juana Tamale at 1941 East Passyunk Ave. Known favorites include her famous Birria Tacos, Oaxacan green corn tamales, and homemade, Bavarian-filled Churros.
Chef Jennifer Zavala's Menu at Chefs in Residency Program at Volvér Restaurant.Courtesy of Eddy Marenco

Currently, Zavala's menu at Volvér includes Bunuelos y Caviar, Ceviche Verduras, Mexican Broccoli Tortita, Ensalada de Chickpeas, Bacalao y Tamal, Chile Relleno Nueces, “Friendship” Tacos, Mosaic Jello Terrine, and Corn & Honey Sundae.

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 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 the greater Mid-Atlantic area. Food news: Travel tips:

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