About Jeffrey Saad

Jeffrey Saad Jeffrey Saad first hit the Screen with his success as runner up on Season 5 of The Next Food Network Star. After years of owning restaurants and being a passionate chef it was a dream come true. He was then the host of the hit Cooking Channel series United Tastes of America which ran for three seasons. Jeffrey is a skilled chef who has created and contributed to many successful restaurants, including San Francisco’s Sweet Heat, Pasta Pomodoro and The Grove. His insatiable appetite for ingredients and flavors and encyclopedic knowledge of spices allows him to create "food without borders." Teaching home cooks to cook locally and eat globally is his passion, and his first cookbook Jeffrey Saad’s Global Kitchen: Recipes Without Borders (Ballantine, March 2012) takes the reader on a culinary trip around the world—no passport required!

From Burger Flipper to Cooking Kingpin

At the American Cheese loving age of 13, Jeffrey started his career working in a diner behind his junior high school. He realized he had the "hospitality gene" and never looked back. The Chicago native enrolled in the Hotel Restaurant Management Program at Iowa State, earning his first official title as chef de cuisine in his sophomore year by taking over the kitchen of the restaurant he was working in. Enamored with food, he continued his training at the Culinary Institute of America and the California Culinary Academy with a master plan to open his own place upon graduation. In 1993, Jeffrey traveled to Mexico, determined to cook his way across the country for inspiration. Finding the flavorful yet casual cuisine a natural fit, he opened the Mexican-influenced Sweet Heat in San Francisco’s Marina District, a runaway success that led to two more restaurants and his own signature line of bottled chutneys and the woman of his dreams; now his wife.


-Jeffrey Saad
The Next Culinary TV Star

Expanding his culinary empire as a partner in Pasta Pomodoro Italian Restaurants, Jeffrey helped to open the first 12 locations of the California-based chain before moving to Los Angeles. While running a real estate company with his wife, Nadia, he continued to explore international flavors on his downtime, embracing dishes from China, France, Spain, Italy and Nadia’s native Iran.

Cooking Without Borders

As he tasted the world, Jeffrey wanted to bring his love of travel, people and the food of each country to the home cook. The result is Jeffrey Saad’s Global Kitchen: Recipes Without Borders, 10 chapters of unique, easy-to-prepare dishes (and the spices and flavors that define them) that serve as a diary of his international adventures. Each of these 100 mouthwatering recipes showcase Jeffrey’s flavorful melting pot, from his signature Scallop Tacos with Green Chile Chutney and Chipotle Sour Cream to an Italian-inspired Gorgonzola Pear Grilled Cheese, French White Pepper Cassoulet, Middle Eastern Harissa and Asian Spicy Beef Pad Thai. Jeffrey Saad’s Global Kitchen: Recipes Without Borders will inspire its readers to explore the globe without leaving their own kitchen.

The Spice of Life

Jeffrey has worked extensively with Bush’s Beans, The American Egg Board, and has contributed to countless programs. As an "endless student" of the kitchen he continues to inspire and make a difference, connecting with everyone he meets through the international language of food. As he explains "I want food to be the beginning of a great life, not just the beginning of a great meal." Residing in Los Angeles with his wife and two children, this engaged family man also enjoys surfing, martial arts, yoga, wine tasting, and learning languages.

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Also featured on:

Chopped All-Stars (Food Network)

The Chew (ABC)

Grill it! With Bobby Flay (Food Network)

Dr. Oz (ABC)

The Rachael Ray Show (CBS)

Unique Sweets (Cooking Channel)

Unique Cocktails (Cooking Channel)

Iron Chef Countdown (Cooking Channel)

ABC World News Now (ABC)

Access Hollywood (NBC)