How Great Chefs Are Celebrating Father's Day

Jane Bruce

See how Marc Murphy and other famous chefs celebrate Father's Day!

It’s almost time to fire up the grill, pick out a fancy silk tie for dad, and take him to play a round of golf! Father’s Day is June 21, and we’ve got the scoop on Father’s Day activity and gift ideas from six famous chefs, including Marc Murphy and Geoffrey Zakarian.

Sure, they may be busy in the kitchen most of the time, but many well-known chefs are dads too, and just like anyone else, they want to get spoiled on Father’s Day! Here’s what we learned from these culinary masterminds: keep it simple. Even famous chefs can’t resist a delicious burger, or their wife’s famous ribs recipe.

Most of all, dads, from executive chefs down to those who struggle just to boil a pot of water, just want to spend time with their family — take Geoffrey Zakarian, who is looking forward to spending the weekend with his family (including his newborn son!) in Niagra Falls.

See How 6 Great Chefs Are Celebrating Father's Day

Jonathan Waxman — Executive Chef, Barbuto, New York City: “I always tell my kids I’m going to be the king for the day and they laugh at me,” said Waxman. “I always cook on Father’s Day, and my wife shops and cleans up. As for what I make… since it’s June, it’s strawberries asparagus and spring lamb season, just not all in the same dish!” Chef Waxman, who has three kids between the ages of 11 and 17, said his ideal Father’s Day gift would be a romantic weekend in a hotel with his wife.

Norman Van Aken — Executive Chef of Norman’s, Miami: Chef Van Aken will be spending Father’s Day with his son, Justin, with whom he just wrote a book called, “My Key West Kitchen. “Father’s Day weekend is also a festival in Key West named Key West Bacchanalia,” said Van Aken. “Justin and I will be cooking together that weekend out of our cookbook in a restaurant I used to work in. Cooking with my son on Father’s Day…. yes [I will] be happy.” Van Aken also tells us he can’t wait to dig into his wife’s famous BBQ ribs.

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This post was originally published on June 6, 2014.