November 24, 2021
The Kimmel Cultural Campus is getting a new chef in residency for the holiday season: Phila Lorn.
The Chefs in Residency Program is a new program is intended to support up-and-coming minority chefs impacted by the pandemic.
Under the program, Lorn will showcase his top signature dishes on the Volvér menu alongside Chef Jose Garces' French-inspired dishes.
"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," Garces said. "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."
Lorn is the second chef to join the inaugural line up of chefs in residency, following Kiki Aranira from Poi Dog Philly and will be in residency from Dec. 1 to Jan. 17. During that time, Volvér's menu will feature crispy soft shell shrimp, pleah, crab summer rolls, banh chow crepe salad, steak and chimichurri, roasted hamachi collar, mawn 'Pho Don' and more.
Lorn is currently working at Terrain Glen Mills and he recently was a special guest chef at Stina in South Philly.
"Cooking with Chef Jose Garces and his team during my residency at Volvér will be high on the list of achievements for me," Lorn said. "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."
Lorn said he curated the menu for his time in residency by selecting dishes he'd want to share with his own family on a Sunday.
"As a kid I would always look forward to Sundays. I would wake up to the smell of lemongrass-laced chicken soup, garlic and onion charred on the stove top 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 everyday to keep the family running that we never really had time for each other during the weekdays. Sunday meals were a way to get everyone together and have a sense of joy. I yearn for those days again and I will recreate those moments for our guests, God willing."
Volvér will be open Wednesday to Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. with a special pre-theatre menu served from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and happy hour from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Reservations can be made online, on Open Table, or by calling the restaurant at (215) 670-2302.