Throughout a career spanning 30 years, Geoffrey Zakarian has made his mark as a chef restaurateur known for his sophisticated taste and signature style. As owner of The Lambs Club and The National in the heart of midtown Manhattan, as well as The National Greenwich in Connecticut, Geoffrey combines his classical culinary training and his eye for design in these three unique restaurants. He also oversees the food and beverage program at The Water Club at Borgata in Atlantic City and, more recently, at The Plaza where, in 2014, he re-launched The Palm Court and will continue to breathe new life into The Rose Club, The Champagne Bar and In-Room Dining.
Outside of his work as a chef, Geoffrey is also an accomplished author and notable television personality. In 2006, Clarkson Potter published his debut book, Geoffrey Zakarian's Town/Country, and his second cookbook, My Perfect Pantry, hit shelves in October 2014. In addition to his status as a longtime favorite judge on Food Network's Chopped and as an Iron Chef, Zakarian is a co-host on Food Network's daytime series, The Kitchen, which premiered in January 2014. He also serves as Chairman of the City Harvest Food Council, an organization committed to fighting hunger in New York City. For more insights on Geoffrey's enduring love of hospitality and his never-ending quest "to achieve something timeless," visitwww.geoffreyzakarian.comand follow Geoffrey Zakarian on Facebook, @gzchef on Twitter, and gzchef on Instagram.
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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
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If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?
My two daughters.
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