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Geoffrey Zakarian is one of the judges on the Food Network reality competition series "24 Hour Restaurant Battle," "Chopped" and "Chopped All-Stars." He was also one of the chefs competing in Season 4 of "The Next Iron Chef." He emerged victorious.

Geoffrey Zakarian's taste, style and passion for fine cuisine have defined his career, which has spanned more than 20 years. An accomplished chef who has presided over some of the country's top kitchens, Geoffrey travels the world on a never-ending
Geoffrey Zakarian in "Chopped All-Stars"
Geoffrey Zakarian Chopped All-Stars
quest for new ingredients, techniques and challenges to enhance the dining and hospitality experiences at his establishments.

Geoffrey's rise to culinary prominence began at Le Cirque, where he took his first job in a kitchen. Over a period of five years, he worked his way up from pastry sous chef to chef de cuisine under Chef Alain Sailhac. During these formative years, Geoffrey would travel and stage at places such as Arpège and Au Quai des Ormes in Paris; Auberge de l'Ill in Alsace; The Dorchester in London; Le Chantecler with Jacques Maximin in Nice; and Pierre Orsay in Lyon. In 1987 Geoffrey took his first turn as executive chef at the legendary 21 Club. In 1988 restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow hired him to be the executive chef of 44 at the Royalton Hotel. Geoffrey ushered in the era of the sexy hotel restaurant, turning 44 into an emblem of 1980s chic. In 1995 he opened the Blue Door at the Delano Hotel in Miami, helping to again successfully create a dining hot spot in a cultural mecca.

In 1997 Geoffrey became executive chef of Patroon, re-enchanting its existing regulars as well as drawing a new clientele. In 2001 Geoffrey added the title of owner to his résumé with the opening of his first restaurant, Town, to which he brought his culinary and decorative vision to life. Both Patroon and Town were awarded Three Stars each from The New York Times. Following in the successful footsteps of Town, Geoffrey opened Country, a restaurant which aptly showcased his passion for quality food and wine that was imbued with his innate sense of distinguished hospitality, grace and elegance. Country was awarded a Michelin Star in its first year of operation along with Three Stars from The New York Times. In 2007 Geoffrey signed on to conceptualize and oversee the entire food and beverage program at the 700-room hotel The Water Club at Borgata in Atlantic City. He brings his signature sense of hospitality to the room service, lounge, pool, spa and events menus and has earned much praise for his work "raising the bar" in this beach town.



Recently in New York City, Geoffrey opened both The Lambs Club at The Chatwal Hotel, featuring his signature modern American cuisine in a luxury bar and grill setting, and The National at The Benjamin Hotel, his version of the types of grand cafés that are found across Europe. In June 2011 Geoffrey returned to Miami and opened Tudor House at Dream South Beach. This neighborhood gastro café was welcomed to South Florida with rave reviews.

Outside of his work in the kitchen, Geoffrey is also an accomplished writer. In 2006 he decided it was time to put his craft and techniques onto paper. His debut book, aptly named "Geoffrey Zakarian's Town/Country," was published by Clarkson Potter. The cookbook has been chosen as an Editor's Choice by The New York Times Book Review and was lauded as " ... one of the best books of 2006," by food critic Amanda Hesser.

Geoffrey credits his staying power with a quest for timelessness and an enduring love of restaurants. "I still dream of techniques I can apply to pull intense and interesting flavors out of food," he said. "I dine out all the time, first because I love it, but secondly because, as a chef, you need to see restaurants from the dining room perspective, not just from the kitchen. As a chef, you have to be vigilant about every facet of the meal." Fashion and design provide inspiration as well. He explains, "Food goes through similar style trends and re-definitions as fashion does. You need to know that landscape to understand how to achieve something timeless."







"Beat Bobby Flay" (TV show) host Guest Stars Turn Out for 'Beat Bobby Flay' Season 2 — Premiering Thursday, July 31, the sophomore season of the Food Network culinary series will feature Scott Conant, Geoffrey Zakarian, Giada De Laurentiis, Michael Symon, Anne Burrell, Chris Santos, Alton Brown, Daphne Oz, Ted Allen, Brooke Burke-Charvet, and more. Read more...
"Chopped Teen Tournament" scene with Ted Allen (right) 'Chopped' Holds Teen Tournament — The reality competition features 16 culinary whiz kids aiming for perfect appetizers, entrées, and desserts, as they navigate through three rounds. Read more...
Nicole Gaffney in "Food Network Star 2014" 'Food Network Star' Season 10: Meet the Contestants — Premiering Sunday, June 1, the new season of the reality competition series returns with 12 new contenders vying for their own TV show. Read more...
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