Geoffrey Zakarian is an American chef, restaurateur, television personality and author. He is the executive chef of several restaurants in New York City, Atlantic City and Miami. He is featured on several television programs on the Food Network, including Chopped and in 2011, The Next Iron Chef, where he won the right to join Iron Chef America.
Zakarian was born 1959 in Worcester, Massachusetts, to an Armenian-American father, musician George Zakarian, and a Polish-American mother, Viola (née Hekowicz). He has a sister, Virginia, and brother, George. He graduated from Burncoat High School in 1977. He earned a degree in economics from Worcester State University, and then went to France, where he decided to be a chef. He began his culinary career with an associate degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.