5 Questions With Geoffrey Zakarian of 24 Hour Restaurant Battle by Sarah De Heer in Shows, May 12th, 2011
The second season of 24 Hour Restaurant Battle is in full swing, delivering an all-new set of contestants aspiring to open their own restaurant –- all in just one day.
We asked three of the judges to talk about the new season, the drama we can expect and advice they can share. Recently, Gabriella Gershenson gave us her advice from an editor’s standpoint. Today, we’re talking with Geoffrey Zakarian, chef of The Lambs Club at The Chatwal Hotel and The National in New York City.
Tune in tonight for a new episode of 24 Hour Restaurant Battle at 10pm/9c.
FN Dish: It’s a new season. What are some changes we can expect?
GZ: Because the show has become so popular, the level of competitors has risen, as well. More people want to compete and therefore the end products are much better.
FN Dish: Judging a team is never easy. What are some of the takeaway lessons you learned from last season?
GZ: It is important to see how they work together: the respect they show for each other, the competitors, the customers. I like to see how one emerges as the visionary or the leader. It doesn’t work when there is no symbiosis — you can see it clearly in the end result of the restaurant they create.