Chef Jose Garces was recently named by President Biden as one of 27 new appointees to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN), a federal advisory committee that aims to promote healthy, accessible eating and physical activity for all Americans, regardless of background or ability. In his new role on the council, Garces will focus on expanding national awareness of the importance of mental health as it pertains to physical fitness and nutrition.

The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition was established in 1956 and has worked to play an important role in educating Americans regarding the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating. Through partnerships with the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the Council promotes programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to lead active, healthy lives.

Chef Jose Garces was among twenty-seven recent appointees, by President Biden under the renewed Executive Order 14048, which also expanded the Council’s mission to include a focus on mental health as it relates to fitness and nutrition. Fellow appointees consist of the nation’s top athletes, physicians, fitness and nutrition professionals, chefs, and entrepreneurs, all of whom serve in an advisory capacity through the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Garces is known as a leading culinary authority of Spanish and Latin-American food, and he continues to rise in the ranks as one of the nation’s most treasured celebrity chefs. Alongside his appointment to the President’s Council, Garces has earned many accolades, including the title of Iron Chef and James Beard Award Winner. As a chef and restaurateur, Garces operates over a dozen independent restaurants in Pennsylvania and Atlantic City, NJ, and is also the founder and face of a fast-growing national franchise, Buena Onda.

Since 2012, Garces has headed The Garces Foundation, a nonprofit organization helping to support Philadelphia’s immigrant community, employees of the hospitality industry and their families. The Garces Foundation offers a wide range of support for Philadelphia immigrant community, including English language instruction and dental and medical care.

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