12/05/2012 10:30:00 AM

Two Truths and a Lie: Jose Garces

Jose Garces’ star seems to be on a continuous rise. In addition to overseeing 15 successful restaurants, the Iron Chef is now a published author. His cookbook, The Latin Road Home, was just included in several best-of lists, including one by Esquire’s John Mariani and the “Tastiest Choices for Food Book Gifts” from the Associated Press.

In an effort to discover Jose’s secret to success, we asked him for some info about his life growing up. Two of the following are true, and one is a lie. Click past the jump to find out which is which, and also find out where to have a drink with Garces on December 15.

Jose used to be a lifeguard.

Jose’s hair was once over a foot long.

Jose’s nickname in high school was "The Big Kahuna."



Well, the Iron Chef is a great swimmer, which explains how he became a lifeguard, and possibly also his high school nickname. However, tempting as it is to imagine (and to Photoshop), the Big Kahuna never did have long hair.

Garces did also play football and was a wrestler, as it turns out. Plus, if he wasn’t a chef, his dream job would be as a marine biologist. He adores the ocean - he says it has a calming effect on him - and would love to have cooked dinner for Jacques Cousteau.

You can snag a copy of the lauded cookbook and have it signed by the man himself at a special happy hour on Saturday, December 15 at Chifa. Garces will be mingling in the lounge of the Latin-Asian restaurant from 4-6 PM, and complimentary bites from the book will be served. The cookbook itself goes for $35, or you can pick up a Latin Road Home gift basket - stocked with treats like truffle-lavender honey, fried Marcona almonds, Manchego cheese, Arabquina olive oil and much more - for $160. Now that’s a Big Kahuna of a present.

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