Geoffrey Zakarian Named Culinary Director at The Plaza Hotel

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As the chef at New York's The Lambs Club and The National restaurants and the leader of dining services at The Water Club in Atlantic City, N.J., and Ocean Blue aboard The Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship, Chopped judge and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is surely not one to sit still. This Kitchen Stadium superstar works best when his plate is full of projects, and it's a good thing he does, because just this week he earned another title: the Culinary Director at The Plaza hotel in New York City.

One of Manhattan's most iconic hotels, The Plaza boasts a prime location in the heart of the city, a 100-plus-year tradition of luxury and a reputation for culinary excellence that Geoffrey will only serve to improve upon in his new role. He'll be in charge of the hotel's Palm Court and Oak Room restaurants, plus the Oak Bar, The Champagne Bar and The Rose Club, in addition to its in-room dining menus. The Palm Court will likely be the first to see modifications, but they'll be subtle. "I want to leave as much as we can in place, the way they do with the great old restaurants in Paris," he told The New York Times.

Browse exclusive photos to see Geoffrey inside his kitchen at The Lambs Club, then tune in to watch him on Chopped on Tuesdays at 10pm/9c and on Iron Chef America on Sundays at 11pm/10c.

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