Zov Karamardian honored as Golden Foodie Awards 2016 Chef of the Year

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Chef Zov Karamardian—an Orange County culinary legend who in her early 40s turned an at-home catering business into a cafe, and nearly 30 years later has a multi-location restaurant group—was honored as “Chef of the Year” at the 2016 Golden Foodie Awards, Sept. 25, 2016, at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach.

The Golden Foodie Awards is the Orange County Restaurant Association’s premiere annual gala, attended by regional and national celebrity chefs, restaurant industry folks and the food media. “Chef of the Year” was the final category announced at the gala; many in the audience were cheering Zov’s name before the winner was announced.

Upon receiving her award, Zov had the following remarks for the crowd:

“Thank you so much for this prestigious award. I would like to thank my entire staff, and I would like to share this award with all the chefs in this room. We know how hard it is day in and day out. It’s been 30 years, in and out of the restaurant, and it’s not easy. But it’s still going strong. So I thank my family and my entire staff for being by my side every single day, and I thank you so much for this award.”

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Chef Zov Karamardian is interviewed after her win by fellow Golden Foodie Award winners Grub Tribe.

Zov recently founded #ZovsFamilyTable, pairing with local nonprofits to provide healthy family meals to Orange County families, and she’s gearing up for the 30th anniversary of Zov’s Restaurants in early 2017. The Karamardian family will also open their first South Orange County Zov’s location in San Clemente in late 2017.

For more information about locations, menus and upcoming events, visit www.zovs.com.

Summer’s Almost Over—Savor the Season at Zov’s

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September’s around the corner and honestly, it can stay there. I want to rock these shorts and sandal tan just a little while longer. And, though the season is fleeting, Chef Zov Karamardian is offering a taste of sunshine with her seasonal menu celebrating the flavors of late summer.

Dishes include:

  • Burrata Cheese with Heirloom Tomatoes, arugula, sugar snap peas, fresh mint, basil, lemon and lime juice and olive oil
  • Shrimp, Watermelon and Feta Salad with cucumber, arugula, mint and lime juice
  • (My personal favorite, pictured above) Pan-Seared Trout with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce and Summer Vegetable Medley

Visit Zov’s in Anaheim (Platinum Triangle), Irvine (Orchard Hills), Newport Coast and Tustin (Bistro side only). For menus and location information, visit www.zovs.com.