Geoffrey Zakarian and Ja Rule
On paper, Geoffrey Zakarian and Ja Rule are an odd couple. Geoffrey is an Iron Chef, restaurateur and possibly the most dapper food personality in the country; Ja (born Jeffrey Atkins) is a Grammy-nominated rapper and actor who recently finished a two-year prison stint. Their worlds collided last fall at the Food Network Wine & Food Festival in New York City, when Geoffrey interviewed Ja for his SiriusXM radio show, Food Talk. Ja told Geoffrey that he was a master of microwaving. He could make anything in a microwave: rice, spaghetti and even cheesecake.
As the two got to know each other, they realized they had more in common than just food. "People would think this Geoffrey is so much different from this Jeffrey," Ja tells us during our shoot at The Lambs Club, one of Geoffrey's New York City restaurants. "There are a lot of things relative in our lives. We both have beautiful wives, three kids." And, Geoffrey adds, "We're both entertainers."