Geoffrey Zakarian has devoted all of his life to food. A legendary icon of the culinary world, Geoffrey has hands in three international restaurants, more than a couple of books, and on the business side of things as well. Even though Geoffrey was already a celebrity long before joining reality TV, his fame gained a whole new level when he started working as a judge. Geoffrey is also a philanthropist who doubles down as the Chairman of the City Harvest Food Council. A notable charitarian, he is committed to fighting hunger in the city of New York.
Geoffrey Zakarian was born on the 25th of July 1959 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Born and raised in Worcester, Geoffrey spent much of his childhood with his two siblings, George H. Zakarian Jr., and Cynthia V. Zakarian. His dad, George H. Zakarian, was a retired WWII veteran who was also into music. On the other hand, his mother, Viola Virginia Hekowicz, stayed home to take care of the kids.
After finishing his senior year at the Burncoat High School in 1997, Geoffrey enrolled at Worcester State University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and moved to France. After a short while, Geoffrey came back home to study at the Culinary Institute of America. He obtained his associate degree in 1982.
Geoffrey began his career as a pastry sous chef at Le Cirque. He continued to develop his technical skills under the careful tutelage of Alain Sailhac. After a five year stay at Le Cirque, Geoffrey started working as an executive chef at the 21 Club. A year later in 1988, Geoffrey was invited to be an Executive Chef of 44 at the Royalton Hotel.
Geoffrey’s first involvement in the world of business came in 1995. He established the Blue Door at The Delano Hotel, Miami. One of South Beach’s first boutique hotels, the Blue Door became a symbol of South Beach’s late 90’s revitalization. Geoffrey continued his good work and in 1997 he helped Patroon to get three stars status.
In 2001, Geoffrey opened his first restaurant, TOWN, which was awarded a three-star status. The trend continued and in 2005, Geoffrey opened another restaurant by the name of, Country. Like TOWN, Country received the three-star status from the NY Times. Not the one to be satisfied, Geoffrey opened The National at The Benjamin Hotel in New York in 2010. In 2011, he inaugurated the Tudor House in Miami which was handed 3.5 stars by the Miami Herald.
In 2011, Geoffrey competed and won the 4th season of Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, Super Chefs. Basking in the glory, Geoffrey launched Ocean Blue, The Raw Bar and Ocean Blue on the Waterfront on Norwegian Breakaway in 2013.
2014 was the best year in Geoffrey’s career. He took up the post of Chairman at the food rescue organization City Harvest. He also relaunched the iconic Palm Court in The Plaza Hotel in a partnership with architect Thierry Despont. He was also asked to co-host the reality show, The Kitchen.
In 2016, Geoffrey debuted his kitchen line, Pro For Home. The following year he opened two new concepts entitled Point Royal and Counter Point, within The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood. Geoffrey is also an author and published a book entitled Town/Country. Debuted in 2006, the book received critical acclaim and was awarded Editor’s choice by the NY Times.
Personal Life and Net Worth:
Geoffrey Zakarian has been married two times. He first tied the knot with Heather Karaman and the pair called it quits after ten years of togetherness. He married for the second time in 2005 to Margaret Anne Williams in a small ceremony at Our Lady of Lebanon Roman Catholic Church in Niagara Falls, New York. The pair have three children, Margaret Zakarian born in 2007, Anna born in 2009, and George Harris Zakarian born in 2014. The family currently lives in Manhattan.
As of 2020, Geoffrey’s net worth is assumed to be around USD 6 million.