‘We Are a Nation Built From Immigrants’: Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian Is the Latest to Cut Ties with Donald Trump
This week, perhaps mere hours after prominent Washington, D.C.-based chef José Andrés pulled out of his restaurant deal at Donald Trump’s upcoming hotel in light of the presidential hopeful’s contentious view of immigrants, fellow celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian followed suit.
“The recent statements surrounding Mexican immigrants by Donald Trump do not in any way align with my personal core values,” Zakarian said in a statement.
“In light of this, I am unable to move forward with a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel, slated to open in Washington, D.C.'s Federal Post Office building. Zakarian Hospitality employs many immigrants from nations all over the world, and I look forward to continuing this business culture in my future restaurants. We are a nation built from immigrants, my family included.”
It is not yet clear what response Trump has planned, but in an email to The Washington Post, Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., stated that the team “will not hesitate to take legal action” against Andrés for the anticipated loss of rent.