Geoffrey zakarian margaret anne williamschef geoffrey zakarian on tv stardom, new restaurants and nyc’s changing dining scene. to this interviewer, he read aloud some of his favorite hollywood insults: ava gardner on frank sinatra’s marriage to mia farrow (“i always knew frank would end up in bed with a boy.
Reality bites |“on ‘chopped’ i had to eat all kinds of shit,” zakarian said.“we always say that you’re only as good as your last meal,” zakarian’s wife and partner, margaret anne williams, said.
“tv has been a blessing because it is great coverage for my restaurants. and well-heeled members of the public can even rent out the space for cooking classes and dinner parties hosted by zakarian himself — a testament to his growing stardom.
) but on a trip to france at age 22 — where he dined at 18 of the 21 three-star restaurants in the country — zakarian had an epiphany: he preferred basting and battering to bears and bulls. back, zakarian’s howard roarkish-individualism and cocksure attitude seems almost too perfectly groomed for reality television — but it wasn’t a path he actively pursued.