Geoffrey Zakarian to Risk $250,000 on Big Restaurant Bet with 8 Aspiring Entrepreneurs

He’s challenging hopeful restaurateurs in the ultimate job interview beginning Tuesday, April 5 at 10|9c.

February 24, 2022

Host Geoffrey Zakarian, with Contestant Demetrius Baxter as seen on Big Restaurant Bet, Season 1.

Photo by: Brian Tietz

Brian Tietz

Talk about a tough job interview. Geoffrey Zakarian is giving eight hopeful entrepreneurs the chance to prove themselves in a series of real-world challenges for what would be the opportunity of a lifetime: a $250,000 contract with his company to open their own restaurant. Big Restaurant Bet kicks off on April 5 at 10|9c with GZ at the helm as he and his closest business partners at Zakarian Hospitality Group work to find the next star in their portfolio.

It’s no secret that GZ has high standards. Whether in his top-notch personal style or in the food he serves on the plate, he’s known for delivering absolute perfection. So if these chef-competitors want to impress him and his team, they must go above and beyond not only in their cooking, but also in their business savvy. It’s up to them to prove they’re worthy of Geoffrey’s massive investment, because after all, the winner of this six-week showdown becomes a team member within Zakarian Hospitality Group.

Mark your calendars for the premiere of Big Restaurant Bet on Tuesday, April 5 at 10|9c.

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Geoffrey Zakarian Bio

Geoffrey Zakarian, a master of modern American cuisine, has presided over some of the country’s top kitchens in the past 25 years. He opened two New York City r His two newest concepts, Point Royal and Counter Point, are located inside The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL. He also helms The Garden Bar and Georgie, both located in Los Angeles within Montage Beverly Hills. Outside of his restaurant ventures, Geoffrey's cookbook, Town/Country: 150 Recipes for Life Around the Table, was widely acclaimed when released, and his second cookbook, My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients, was published by Clarkson Potter in Fall 2014. Geoffrey is also the host of Sirius XM’s Food Talk radio show, which premiered at the 2013 South Beach Wine and Food Festival. He has partnered with Norwegian Cruise Line in a three-restaurant deal aboard its newest, most-luxurious ship, Norwegian Breakaway, set sail in May 2013. Geoffrey also brought these concepts aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Getaway in 2014. In August 2013, he was named culinary director at The Plaza, New York City’s most-iconic hotel. He oversees The Palm Court, The Oak Room & The Oak Bar, The Rose Club, The Champagne Bar and In-Room Dining. Geoffrey is an Iron Chef, having won the title in The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs in 2011. He is a regular judge on Chopped and has also appeared on The Best Thing I Ever Ate and 24-Hour Restaurant Battle on Food Network. He also is a co-host on The Kitchen. For more information on Geoffrey Zakarian or his restaurants and television appearances, please visit Follow Chef Geoffrey Zakarian on Twitter & Instagram.

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