George Azar was born in Detroit, the son of Palestinian immigrants. He’s worked at some of the best restaurants in the world, including Noma in Copenhagen and Alinea in Chicago. But through his travels, he developed a love for Vietnamese food. On a whim, he opened Flowers of Vietnam in Detroit. It was a huge hit – it’s been named one of America’s best new restaurants by Bon Appetit and GQ. Now he’s working on his next project, featuring regional specialties of Mexico, and tonight, he’s one of just six honorees at the annual iconoclast dinner at the James Beard House here in New York.
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