The Food Council

Our Food Council brings together more than 60 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.

Renowned chef, author and TV personality Geoffrey Zakarian serves as the Chair of our Food Council.


Geoffrey Zakarian
Zakarian Hospitality

Chairman Emeritus

Eric Ripert
Le Bernardin

Council Members

Matt Abramcyk
Navy, Smith & Mills, Tiny's & The Bar Upstairs, Warren 77

Ted Allen
Host, Food Network's "Chopped"

Dominique Ansel
Dominique Ansel Bakery, Dominique Ansel Kitchen, U.P.

Michael Anthony
Gramercy Tavern, Untitled

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
Brennan Group Hospitality

Ed Brown
Restaurant Associates

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
Crafted Hospitality, 'wichcraft

Scott Conant
SC Restaurant Ventures

Dana Cowin

Ariane Daguin

Gillian Duffy
New York Magazine

Marc Forgione
Restaurant Marc Forgione, American Cut
, Khe-yo

Tony Fortuna
T-Bar Steak & Lounge

Penny and Peter Glazier
The Glazier Group

Marc Glosserman
Hill Country

Alex Guarnaschelli
Butter Restaurant

Kurt Gutenbrunner

Kerry Heffernan
Grand Banks

Ryan Jaronik
Benchmark Restaurant

Steven Kamali
Steven Kamali Hospitality

Matt Katakis
Butcher Bar, Pita Pan

Jaret Keller
Key Group Worldwide

Jim Lahey
Sullivan Street Bakery, Co.

Anita Lo

Michael Lomonaco
Porter House New York & Center Bar

Marco Maccioni

Julian Medina
Toloache, Yerba Buena, Tacuba, Coppelia

Danny Mena
Hecho en Dumbo

George Mendes
Aldea, Lupulo

Danny Meyer
Union Square Hospitality Group

Marc Murphy
Benchmarc Restaurants (Landmarc + Ditch Plains), Kingside, Grey Salt & Benchmarc Events

Liz Neumark
Great Performances

Tracy Nieporent
Myriad Restaurant Group

Becca Parrish
Becca PR

Francois Payard

Ben Pollinger


Donna Rodriguez
B.R. Guest Restaurants

Marcus Samuelsson
Red Rooster, Ginny's Supper Club, Streetbird Rotisserie

Chris Santos
The Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex, VANDAL

Jesse Schenker
The Gander

Benjamin Schmerler
First Press Public Relations

Gail Simmons
Food & Wine Magazine

Rick Smilow
The Institute of Culinary Education

John Stage
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Chrissy Teigen

Bill Telepan

Tom Valenti

Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Jean-Georges Management

Michael White
Altamarea Group

Margaret Zakarian
Zakarian Hospitality