CHEF GEORGE AZAR
EVENTS: TASTE OF THE ICONOCLAST DINNER, THE ICONOCLAST DINNER HONOREE
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION: B.A Hospitality Business-Michigan State University, Schoolcraft College's Culinary Arts Program
BACKGROUND: Noma (Copenhagen), Alinea (Chicago), The Waldorf Astoria (New Orleans), Bouchon Bistro (Las Vegas)
CURRENTLY: Flowers of Vietnam (Detroit)
WHY HE IS AMAZING: George Azar is the son of Palestinian immigrants, true Detroiter, and community advocate. Following his stints at Chicago’s Alinea, Bouchon Bistro in Las Vegas, Rene Redzepi’s Noma in Copenhagen and Noma’s pop up in Tulum, as well as being food and beverage manager at The Waldorf Astoria in New Orleans Azar returned home to Detroit to create a culmination of all his experiences. George created a weekend only pop-up restaurant in a former Coney Island (MI) diner featuring Vietnamese cuisine which evolved into Flowers of Vietnam in the Mexicantown section of Detroit, the same neighborhood in which he grew up. Soon after, Flowers of Vietnam began gaining local and national attention. Azar was Anthony Bourdain’s Detroit guide during the shooting of the CNN series “Parts Unknown”. Zagat named Azar one of their, “30 Under 30 Rock Stars Redefining the Industry”. Flowers of Vietnam was also selected by GQ as one of “America’s Best New Restaurants” and Bon Appetit’s “Top 50 New Restaurants in America”.
LAST NIGHT ON EARTH HE’S EATING IN: Detroit