Kimmel Cultural Campus gets a new Chef in Residency for the holiday season: Phila Lorn.
The Chefs in Residency program is a new program aimed at supporting future minority chefs affected by the pandemic.
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During the program, Lorn will present his best signature dishes on the Volvér menu along with chef Jose Garces’ French-inspired dishes.
“One of my hopes for the series was to support these new chefs not only in the kitchen, but with the business lessons I’ve learned over the course of my career,” said Chef Garces. “I have always been passionate about mentoring the chefs in our group. Expanding our resources to help more chefs in the region is a dream come true. I am grateful for the support that the community has provided so far and hope , that it continues with each chef as they all bring new talent to the table. “
Chef Lorn is the second chef to join the first row of chefs in residency, after Kiki Aranira of Poi Dog Philly.
Lorn will be in residence from December 1 to January 17, 2022, and the funds will support their first restaurant, which will offer Cambodian food, music and culture. Menu items include Crispy Soft Shrimp, Pleah, Crab Summer Rolls, Banh Chow Crepe Salad, Steak and Chimichurri, Roasted Hamachi Collar, Mawn ‘Pho Don’ and more.
Lorn currently works at Terrain Glen Mills, and he was recently a special guest chef at Stina in South Philly.
“Cooking with chef Jose Garces and his team during my stay at Volvér will be high on my list of achievements,” said Lorn. “When he grew up in Philly’s food scene, Chef Garces is OG. He’s shaped the city with his restaurant concepts and innovative flavors. I do not know a single chef in Philadelphia who is not influenced in one way or another by Chef Garces. It becomes a true honor to cook with him. “
Lorn said he put together the menu for his stay by choosing dishes he would share with his own family on a Sunday.
“As a kid, I always wanted to look forward to Sundays. I woke up to the smell of lemongrass-laced chicken soup, garlic and onions charred on the stove and crispy baby fish served with a stewed tamarind dipping sauce,” Lorn said. “As I got older, I realized that my parents worked so hard every day to keep the family running that we never really had time for each other on weekdays. Sunday meals were a way to get everyone together and have a sense of joy. I long after for those days again, and I will recreate those moments for our guests, if God wills. “
Volvér is open Wednesday to Sunday from 16 to 21 with a special pre-theater menu served from 16 to 18:30 and happy hour from 19:30 to 21
Reservations can be made online, at an open table or by calling the restaurant at 215-670-2302.
December 1 to January 17, 2022
16.00 to 21.00 | Prices vary
300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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