The Food Council

City Harvest is proud to announce renowned chef, author and TV personality Geoffrey Zakarian as the new Chairman of our Food Council! Geoffrey has demonstrated a passion for our work to combat hunger in New York City, and we look forward to beginning the next chapter of our work with him.

"I am proud to take on this new role with
City Harvest and the New York City restaurant community as we collectively look to help the nearly two million residents facing hunger," said Geoffrey Zakarian.

Our Food Council brings together more than 75 top chefs, restaurateurs and food industry professionals from around New York City who help City Harvest fight hunger. The Food Council donates some of the city's best food, raises funds to support City Harvest, and heightens our visibility.


Geoffrey Zakarian
The Lambs Club, The National

Chairman Emeritus

Eric Ripert
Le Bernardin

Council Members

Matt Abramcyk
Warren 77

Ted Allen
Host, Food Network's "Chopped"

Dominique Ansel
Dominique Ansel Bakery

Michael Anthony
Gramercy Tavern

Donatella Arpaia

Dan Barber
Blue Hill, Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Jennifer Baum
Bullfrog & Baum

Florian Bellanger
Mad Mac Macarons

Ron Ben-Israel
Ron Ben-Israel Cakes

David Bouley
Bouley, Brushstroke

Terrance Brennan
The Artisanal Group

Ed Brown
Ed's Chowder House

David Burke
David Burke Group

Anne Burrell
Co-Host, Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America”

Joe Campanale
Epicurean Group

Andrew Carmellini
NoHo Hospitality Group

David Chang

Tom Colicchio
Craft Restaurant

Scott Conant

Dana Cowin
Food & Wine Magazine

Ariane Daguin

Gillian Duffy
New York Magazine

Tony Fortuna
T-Bar Steak & Lounge

Penny and Peter Glazier
The Glazier Group

Marc Glosserman
Hill Country

Alex Guarnaschelli
Butter Restaurant

Kurt Gutenbrunner

Stephen P. Hanson
B.R. Guest Restaurants

Kerry Heffernan

Ryan Jaronik
Benchmark Restaurant

Steven Kamali
Steven Kamali Hospitality

Jaret Keller
Key Group Worldwide

Jim Lahey
Sullivan Street Bakery, Co.

Anita Lo

Michael Lomonaco
Porter House New York & Center Bar

Marco Maccioni
Le Cirque, Circo, Sirio Ristorante

Julian Medina

Danny Mena
Hecho en Dumbo

George Mendes

Danny Meyer
Union Square Hospitality Group

Marc Murphy
Benchmarc Restaurants (Landmarc + Ditch Plains), Benchmarc Events, and Kingside

Liz Neumark
Great Performances

Tracy Nieporent
Myriad Restaurant Group

Becca Parrish
Becca PR

Francois Payard
FP Patisserie, FPB, Payard Patisserie & Bistro

Ben Pollinger


Donna Rodriguez
B.R. Guest Restaurants

Marcus Samuelsson
Red Rooster, Ginny's Supper Club

Chris Santos
The Stanton Social

Jesse Schenker

Benjamin Schmerler
First Press Public Relations

Gail Simmons
Food & Wine Magazine

Rick Smilow
The Institute of Culinary Education

John Stage
Dinosaur BBQ

Bill Telepan

Tom Valenti

Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Jean-Georges Management

Michael White
Altamarea Group

Margaret Zakarian
Zakarian Hospitality