Geoffrey Zakarian Biography
Geoffrey Zakarian is an Armenian-American chef, television personality, author, and culinary consultant. He is aconsultant at the Water Club in Atlantic City and executive chef at the Lamb’s Club in New York City. Zakarian has been featured on several TV programs on the Food Network including Big Restaurant Bet, The Next Iron Chef, and Chopped. Moreover, he was the winner of Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef in 2011.
Geoffrey Zakarian Age | Birthday
Born on July 25, 1959, Geoffrey Zakarian is 62 years old as of 2021. He was in Worcester, Massachusetts, US. Zakarian celebrates his birthday on the 25th of July each year.
Geoffrey Zakarian Parents
Zakarian was born in Worcester, Massachusetts to his parent; George Zakarian, his father, and Viola, his mother. His father, George Zakarian is an Armenian-American musician while his mother, Viola is Polish-American. Moreover, Zakarian has a sister Cynthia Zakarian and a brother George H. Zakarian Jr. As for his ethnicity, chef Geoffrey has mixed roots with Armenian, Polish, and American backgrounds.
Geoffrey Zakarian Height
Zakarian’s height is 5 feet 11 inches.
Geoffrey Zakarian Wife
Zakarian is married to Margaret Anne Williams (born June 12, 1979), a marketing executive. The pair tied the knot in 2005. Zakarian and his wife Margaret Anne Williams, together have three children, two daughters, and a son. Moreover, the executive chef was previously married to Heather Karaman for approximately 10 years.
Fun Fact: Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and his wife Margaret Anne (born June 1979) has a 20-year difference.
Geoffrey Zakarian Children
Zakarian, together with his wife Margaret Williams has three children; daughters Madeline Zakarian (born 2007) and Anna Zakarian (born 2009), and a son George Harris Zakarian (born 2014) who is a vocal member of autism speaks.
Geoffrey Zakarian Education
Zakarian attended Worcester State University where he graduated with a degree in economics. The executive chef also attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. where he earned an associate degree.
Geoffrey Zakarian Career
Zakarian is an executive chef, culinary consultant, author, and television personality. He works as a consultant at the Water Club in Atlantic City and executive chef at the Lamb’s Club in New York City.
He started his career as a chef in France. As an apprentice chef, he began his work under chef Daniel Boulud at Le Cirque, where he was named “Chef de Cuisine” from 1982 to 1987.
In 1990, Zakarian began working as an executive chef for 44, a restaurant located at the Royalton Hotel in midtown Manhattan. In 1996, he was hired to oversee Old Navy’s ill-fated coffee bar and coffee cart division with David Brody of Z100 WHTZ. The chef went on to work for the Blue Door of the Delano Hotel in South Beach, Miami.
Moreover, Zakarian became the executive chef at Patroon in Manhattan in 1998, which was awarded 3 stars (excellent) by New York Times critic Ruth Reichl. Besides, in the spring of 2000, he worked with Alain Passard, a renowned French chef at the three-Michelin star restaurant Arpège in Paris.
As a television personality, Zakarian has appeared in several television shows. He appeared on Food Network’s Chopped, as a judge, Top Chef, as a judge, The Next Iron Chef (2011,) as a contestant which he won, and Cooks vs. Cons, as a host.
Besides, he is Chairman of the City Harvest Food Council, a food rescue organization dedicated to fighting hunger in New York City.
In the spring of 2006, Zakarian released his first book, Geoffrey Zakarian’s Town / Country. The book features 150 recipes for family, friends and “Life Around the Table.”
Geoffrey Zakarian Restaurants
Zakarian owned two restaurants, Town and Country, both of which are in Manhattan. The restaurants have been rated with 3 stars by The New York Times. The restaurant Town was located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan in the Chambers Hotel and opened in Spring 2001 but closed in 2009. The country opened in 2005 and is located in the Carlton Hotel near Madison Square Park. The country has earned a Michelin star.
Geoffrey Zacharia Food Network
Zakarian has appeared on a number of Food Network programs either as a judge, host, or contestant. He appeared on Chopped as a judge with fellow restaurateurs Scott Conant, Chris Santos, Aarón Sánchez, Amanda Freitag, Marcus Samuelsson, Marc Murphy, Maneet Chauhan, and Alex Guarnaschelli since the show began. He also appeared in the Food Network’s series 24 Hour Restaurant Battle and Top Chef also as a judge.
Besides, Zakarian competed on Iron Chef America in May 2010 where he faced Masaharu Morimoto and lost with a score of 57 to 43, and on The Next Iron Chef to which he was named the winner in December 2011, defeating Elizabeth Falkner in the season finale.
In January 2014, Zakarian became a co-host on the Food Network’s series The Kitchen along with Jeff Mauro, Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid, and Sunny Anderson. He also appeared on Cutthroat Kitchen as a judge (“Well, Hot Clam!”) and contestant (“Judging Judges”).
Additionally, Zakarian hosted the Food Network series Cooks vs. Cons, in 2016, where judges try to determine if a winning dish was done by a professional chef or a home cook.
In April 2022, He hosts Food Network’s Big Restaurant Bet.
Geoffrey Zakarian Big Restaurant Bet
Zakarian is the host of the new reality series Big Restaurant Bet on Food Network. The reality show premieres on April 5, 2022, at 10/9 c on Food Network. In the show, Zakarian “presents eight talented chefs with the opportunity to take the next step in their culinary career with challenges to determine who has what it takes to run their first restaurant.”
Geoffrey Zakarian Net worth
Zakarian has an estimated net worth of $ 8 million (as of April 2022). He has successfully worked as a chef for over 30 years. He is also a television personality mostly appearing on the Food Network as a judge and host.
Geoffrey is active on Instagram. His Instagram handle is @geoffreyzakarian with 900K followers as of April 2022.