An early fascination with the kitchen dates back to the fourth grade when his family’s relocation meant several months residing at a hotel. He was immediately captivated with the workings of the hotel banquet kitchen, which became his after school playground. Before, he could drive, Zach began what would be a long successful career in the kitchen. From his hometown of Clermont, FL to Orlando, Miami and finally New York City, he continuously sought out challenging kitchens in which to develop his skills. Zach perceives cooking as a craft melding technical skill with a love of food and a respect for process. No short cuts! The wonderful bounty of Florida and the Southeast drive his cuisine, guided by years of practicing the best of French technique at Le Cirque and with Daniel Boulud. Zach is thrilled to work with as many local farmers and fisherman as possible as well as being able to source the finest ingredients around the world. This philosophy, along with his team building skills and detail orientated work ethic earned Zach four consecutive trips to New York as a finalist for Best Chef : South at the James Beard Awards.
After 12 years with Daniel Boulud, Zach accepted a fresh new challenge as the Executive Chef of Addison Reserve Country Club. He was offered a unique opportunity to rebuild the kitchen as well as the kitchen team’s philosophy, dining concept and food and beverage team focus and technique from the ground up during a $20 million clubhouse renovation. Addison Reserve is ranked 9th best Country Club in the United States as a Distinguished Emerald Club of America by Board Room Magazine and is also ranked 51st of over 630 worldwide clubs as a 5-Star Platinum Club of the World.
Zach is a dedicated member of the Palm Beach community participating in several local charitable culinary events. His work with No Kid Hungry has taken him to Capitol Hill lobbying for Child Nutrition In 2010, Share our Strength recognized Zach with a National Community Leadership Award for his work with the No Kid hungry campaign. Zach continues his work with Share our Strength as Chair of Palm Beach’s Taste of the Nation event and No Kid Hungry dinners.