American chef, restaurateur, and television personality
Throughout a career spanning 30 years, Geoffrey Geoffrey Zakarian has made his mark as a chef restaurateur known for his sophisticated taste and signature style. An accomplished chef, host and culinary consultant, Geoffrey has presided over some of the country’s top kitchens, traveling the world for new inspiration to marry with his classical training and techniques in a lifelong effort to deliver paramount hospitality experiences.
Geoffrey’s rise to culinary prominence began at Le Cirque, where he first worked in a professional kitchen. In five years, he worked his way up from Pastry Sous to Chef to Chef de Cuisine under Chef Alain Sailhac. In 2001, Geoffrey opened his first restaurant, Town, to which he brought his culinary and decorative vision to life. Both Patroon and Town were awarded Three Stars from The New York Times. Geoffrey continued to open a string of succesful restaurants throughout his career. In February 2017, Geoffrey launched one of his most exciting projects yet, Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL, a Coastal American restaurant complete with an impressive raw bar, along with a cheeky quick-serve coffee and juice bar called Counter Point that anchors the hotel lobby.
Outside of the kitchen, Geoffrey is an accomplished author, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and notable television personality. In 2006, Clarkson Potter published his debut book, Geoffrey Geoffrey’s Town / Country, which was named Editor’s Choice by The New York Times Book Review and was celebrated as “…one of the best cookbooks of 2006.” His second cookbook, My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients hit shelves on October 7, 2014. The third book, The Family That Cooks Together, published by James Patterson, debuted on October 6, 2020 and quickly became a #1 national best seller. Written by Geoffrey’s daughters, Madeline and Anna use their experience growing up with a professional chef for a dad to bring some of their favorite recipes to the world.
In addition to his status as a longtime favorite judge on Food Network’s Chopped, and as an Iron Chef, Geoffrey is a co-host on Food Network’s Emmy-nominated daytime series, The Kitchen, which premiered in January 2014.