Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, world class chef, restaurateur, and winner of season 4 the Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, one of the most globally recognized, prestigious, and enduring cooking shows to ever air, will be in Manila for a one of a kind event on March 20.
The biggest frustration of Filipino fans of the enduringly successful Iron Chef series, is that they can only imagine what the apparently succulent and rich looking dishes the iron chefs concoct must actually taste like. Fans of the show need wonder no more, on March 20, The Next Iron Chef season 4 winner Chef Geoffrey Zakarian will put forth another spectacular, out of this world gastronomical experience with Manila’s most hardcore food lovers as judges.
Cignal and Colours presents Feast of Colours, a dinner gala starring Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian for the benefit of Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF).
Enjoy an unforgettable five-course dinner while being serenaded by world-class talents Isay Alvarez, Robert Sena and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.
Chef Zakarian’s passion for fine cuisine started at Le Cirque, where in just a few years, he worked his way up from Pastry Sous Chef to Chef de Cuisine. He then went on to become Executive Chef at the legendary 21Club. A year later, he became the Executive Chef of 44 at the Royalton Hotel, ushering in the era of the sexy hotel restaurant emblem of 1980’s chic. Finally, in 1995, he opened the Blue Door at the Delano Hotel in Miami which became a dining hot spot in a transitioning landscape.
It was in 2001 when Zakarian opened his first restaurant, Town, where his culinary and decorative visions came to life. So celebrated was his restaurant that Town was awarded Three Stars by The New York Times.
Following the success of Town was a second restaurant, Country, that paired the Chef’s passion for quality food and wine. Country was awarded a Michelin Star in its first year along with Three Stars from The New York Times.
In the fall of 2010, Zakarian opened both The Lambs Club, featuring his signature Modern American cuisine in a resplendent Empire Deco setting, and The National, an American bistro open day and night.
Three years ago, Zakarian also opened a neighborhood Gastro-Café, House, rated as 2012’s Best Hotel Restaurant in Miami.
Zakarian is also an accomplished writer with his 2006 book aptly titled, Geoffrey Zakarian’s Town/Country, noted as one of the best cookbooks of the year. His second book will be published sometime this year.
When asked what motivates him, he shares that fashion and design provide inspiration. He explains, “Food goes through similar style trends and redefines as fashion. You need to know that landscape to understand how to achieve something timeless.” Zakarian credits his staying power with this quest for timelessness and an enduring love of restaurants.
“I still dream of a small restaurant I visited in Provence decades ago that taught me the balance of simple flavors and the art of heartfelt hospitality,” he said. “Still today, I dine out all the time, first because I love it, but second because, as a chef, you need to see restaurants from the dining room perspective, not just from the kitchen. You have to be vigilant about every facet of the meal.”
Zakarian’s taste, style and passion for fine cuisine have defined his storied career as an accomplished chef who has presided over some of the world’s top kitchens.
Feast of Colours dinner gala tickets are now available online at www.ticketnet.com.ph or at any Ticketnet outlet. For inquiries, call 911-5555.