About the Hosts
Sunny Anderson While Sunny grew up traveling the world as an Army brat, her parents always encouraged her to indulge in the local cuisine. When she joined the Air Force as a radio broadcaster and journalist, she continued her trek through the world for news stories while indulging in culinary finds along the way. After leaving the Air Force as an award-winning broadcaster, she continued her travels as a radio DJ in many cities, culminating in her dream job in New York at a No. 1 rated radio station. There, she began cooking for her friends in the entertainment business and turned her hobby and growing client list into a catering company. That led to a guest appearance on Food Network’s Emeril Live! in 2005, and shortly after, she left her radio career and closed her catering business to focus on chasing yet another dream: sharing her recipes with the Food Network audience. Her first show, Gotta Get It, a food gadget show, premiered in 2007, followed by Cooking for Real, How'd That Get On My Plate and Home Made in America with Sunny Anderson. Her cooking style combines classic comfort foods along with unique flavors inspired by her many travels. With an understanding of everyday life and the belief that real people deserve down-to-earth, delicious meals, Sunny offers real food for real life. In September 2013, she released her New York Times best-selling debut cookbook, Sunny’s Kitchen: Easy Food for Real Life (Clarkson Potter). Sunny lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, with her four rescue cats: Cheddar Cheese, Truffle Tycoon, Milky Mouth and Sea Salt.
Geoffrey Zakarian 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 restaurants, Town and Country, both of which received three stars from the New York Times. Currently, Geoffrey is chef/partner at The Lambs Club and The National in New York City as well as at The Water Club at Borgata in Atlantic City. Outside of his restaurant ventures, Geoffrey's cookbook, Town/Country: 150 Recipes for Life Around the Table, was widely acclaimed when released. 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, which set sail in May 2013. Geoffrey will also bring 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 will oversee 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.