Geoffrey Zakarian has a lasting mark on the food world as a chef restaurateur known for his sophisticated taste and signature style. Zakarian 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.
Zakarian’s rise to culinary prominence began at Le Cirque. He took his first turn as Executive Chef at the legendary 21Club and next at 44 at the Royalton, Blue Door at the Delano Hotel in Miami and Patroon.
Zakarian’s first restaurant Town brought his culinary vision to life. Both Patroon and Town were awarded Three Stars from The New York Times. Zakarian next opened Country, a restaurant that paired his passion for food and wine with his innate sense of hospitality, grace and old world elegance. Country was awarded a Michelin Star along with Three Stars from The New York Times.
Zakarian was tapped to conceptualize and oversee the food and beverage program at The Water Club at Borgata, in Atlantic City. In New York City, Zakarian opened The Lambs Club, at The Chatwal Hotel, The National, at The Benjamin Hotel and Tudor House at Dream in South Beach.
Geoffrey Zakarian’s first book, Town / Country was named Editor’s Choice by The New York Times Book Review. My Perfect Pantry, his next book, is a collection of 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients. He is the Chairman of the City Harvest Food Council, a food rescue organization dedicated to fighting hunger in New York City.
Zakarian is established as one of America’s favorite judges on Food Network’s Chopped and The Next Iron Chef. He competed and won the fourth season of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, earning him the esteemed title of Iron Chef. He is featured regularly on Iron Chef America, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, The Best Thing I Ever Made and Cooks Vs. Cons. He is the co-host of the two-time EMMY nominated Food Network series, The Kitchen and its spin off The Kitchen Sink.
In his spare time, Geoffrey hosts a show on Sirius XM Radio called Food Talk.
Growing up around traditional cooking in Tijuana, Mexico, Marcela was raised to be passionate about food. She jumped straight into culinary life by working at her aunt’s cooking school in Baja, Mexico. Marcela realized she, too, wanted to pursue this growing love for food full time and enrolled in the Los Angeles Culinary Institute.
Soon after, she attended the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School in Paris to train as a classical French pastry chef. Marcela returned home to run a catering company and teach children about the culinary arts in Tijuana, all while collecting recipes and applying her knowledge and skills of her family’s cooking traditions to map out her dreams.
She successfully translated her culinary knowledge and passion to the small screen as the host of her own Food Network series, Mexican Made Easy, allowing her to share her expertise on great Mexican food that combines freshness and flavor with kitchen ease. Marcela’s cookbooks include, Fresh Mexico: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor and Mexican Made Easy. Marcela co-hosts Food Network’s two-time EMMY nominated series, The Kitchen and its spin off The Kitchen Sink.
Marcela lives in San Diego with her fiancée and her sons Fausto and David.
Jeff’s love of food was realized in Peoria, IL, by opening a deli with his cousin. During the day Jeff would craft sandwiches but during the night, he satisfied his comedic bug playing the role of ‘Tony’ in Tony and Tina’s Wedding.
Jeff graduated culinary school in California as Valedictorian and returned to Chicago where he worked as a culinary instructor and private chef. Eventually, he landed himself on Season 7 of Food Network Star and won.
Jeff went onto host Food Network’s Emmy-nominated series, Sandwich King, $24 in 24 hrs. and The Scoop. Mauro is a co-host of Food Network’s two-time EMMY nominated series, The Kitchen and its spin off, The Kitchen Sink.
When not making TV, Jeff loves spending time with his wife and first love Sarah, playing above average blues guitar and roughhousin’ with his son and co-star Lorenzo. His favorite color is pastrami.
For Katie cooking wasn’t just a hobby growing up – it was a way of life. Raised in a modest, tight-knit West Virginia family, each evening centered around the dinner menu. Eager to get involved, Katie began cooking at the tender age of 4 under the guidance of her mentor Grandma Dora. Using fresh vegetables from her grandpa’s garden and meat from the family’s cattle and pig farms, Katie quickly learned the value of seasonal ingredients.
Katie Lee’s cookbook collection includes, Endless Summer, The Comfort Table, The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions.
Katie is the co-host of the two-time EMMY nominated Food Network series, The Kitchen and its spin off, The Kitchen Sink. Her new series, Beach Bites with Katie Lee, airs on the Cooking Channel.
Outside of her culinary and literary adventures, Katie sits on the Celebrity Board for Feeding America and is an active supporter of 96 Elephants. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys surfing, traveling and playing with her pampered chihuahua mix, Gus.
While Sunny grew up traveling the world as an Army brat, her parents always encouraged her to indulge in the local cuisine. Sunny joined the Air Force as a radio broadcaster and journalist and continued her trek through the world for news stories while indulging in culinary finds along the way.
After leaving the Air Force as an award-winning broadcaster, she continued her travels as a radio DJ in many cities, culminating in her dream job in New York at a No. 1 rated radio station. There, she began cooking for her friends in the entertainment business and turned her hobby and growing client list into a catering company. This led to a guest appearance on Food Network’s Emeril Live! which inspired her to chase yet another dream: sharing her recipes with the Food Network audience.
Sunny began her hosting career at Food Network with a show called Gotta Get It, followed by Cooking for Real, How’d That Get On My Plate and Home Made in America with Sunny Anderson. Sunny is the co-host of the two-time EMMY nominated series, The Kitchen and its spin-off The Kitchen Sink.
Her cooking style combines classic comfort foods along with unique flavors inspired by her many travels. With an understanding of everyday life and the belief that real people deserve down-to-earth, delicious meals, Sunny offers real food for real life.
Her cookbook, Sunny’s Kitchen: Easy Food for Real Life is a New York Times best-seller. Sunny lives in Brooklyn, with her rescue dog, Ella and her rescue cats: Truffle Tycoon, Milky Mouth and Sea Salt.