Geoffrey Zakarian is a chef, restaurateur, a television personality and an author of several books. He is also the executive chef of different restaurants in New York City, Atlantic City and Miami. Throughout his career of almost 30 years, he has marked as a renowned chef and being a restaurateur, working in almost top kitchens in the country. He also got featured in many TV programs on food networks like the ‘Chopped’ and ‘The Next Iron Chef’ television programs in 2011.
Geoffrey Zakarian Bio: Age, Early Life
Geoffrey was born on July 25, 1959, and brought up in Worcester, Massachusetts, US. His father George Zakarian was an Armenian American descent, who was working as a musician. His mother Viola was a polish American. His sister’s name is Virginia and his brother’s name is George. Zakarian is 5 feet 11 inches tall, and along with this good height, his personality and aura make him really charming. He has green eyes and his hairs are lightly shaded.
Geoffrey Zakarian Education Details
After graduating from Burncoat High school in 1977, He studied economics from Worcester state university. In 1982, he got graduated from Culinary Institute of America.
Geoffrey Zakarian Career Details
After successfully graduating and pursuing his career, he decided to work soon and started his career with Le Cirque. He began his career by working with a French master chef, Alain Sailhac. In 1987, He became the first executive chef at legendary “21” club, where he was named “chef de Cuisine”. In 1988 Geoffrey was hired by a hotel impresario, Jeffrey Chodorow, to be executive chef of 44 at the Royalton Hotel. 44 became an icon of 80’s chic and heralds a new era of glamor in hotel restaurants. In 1995, he opened ‘Blue Door’ at The Delano Hotel, Miami, one of South Beach’s first boutique hotels. Blue Door made its way into an instant hit and a symbol of South Beach’s late 90’s revitalization.
In 2006 Clarkson Potter published the Debut book, Geoffrey Zakarian’s Town / Country. It earned “Editor’s Choice” and is described as “one of the best of the year” by New York Times’s food editor Amanda Hesser. In 2011 he wins the 4th season of ‘Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef’, ‘SuperChefs’ to become the newest Iron Chef to battle in Kitchen Stadium, defeating Elizabeth Falkner in the season finale. In 2014 Geoffrey becomes the co-host of ‘The Kitchen’, Food Network’s long-running Emmy-nominated daytime food talk show, along with Jeff Mauro, Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Sunny Anderson. Geoffrey’s notable recognitions are; Iron Chef, Wine Enthusiast “Top 100 Wine Lists” for The Lambs Club, James Beard Award for “Chopped”, “Sifty 50” for The National, ‘Michelin Star’ for the country, 3 Star Rating by NY Times for patroon, town and country. Zakarian, in 2018, set a record with unprecedented 5 minute sell out of the launch of Pro for home non-stick cast iron cookware on QVC.
On the contrary, in 2011, Geoffrey also faced many legal lawsuit issues filed against him by his former employees. They sighted to have a violation of labor laws in his restaurants. They sued back to Zakarian but the case was eventually settled in the court. In 2015, Donald trump sued him for a sum of $10 million for lost rent and other damages, for withdrawing from a planned American-style concept restaurant.
Geoffrey Zakarian Marriage Details
He was married to Heather Karaman, a psychotherapist. They maintained a good relationship until they broke up after 10 years, due to irrecoverable differences of opinions. Later, Zakarian married Margaret Anne Williams in 2005. Anne was a marketing executive. They both were blessed with two daughters named Anna and Madeline and one son, George. There are no such rumors about him being in an extramarital affair and also, some rumors about him being a gay turned to be false and baseless.
Geoffrey Zakarian Net Worth
It is estimated that his net worth is about $6 Million, even though there is no information about his salary. But as a TV celebrity chef, his worth is much more than it is estimated.