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eoffrey Zakarian, Marc Murphy and Scott Conant banter so effortlessly as judges on Chopped that you’d think they were good friends in real life. Turns out, they are. They often get together away from the set to grab a few drinks, try new food, and—in the great tradition of bromances everywhere—bust one another’s chops. “And then Geoffrey picks up the check,” Scott jokes. “Most of the time, actually, that’s true,” Geoffrey says, laughing. When we caught up with them, they were at his New York City townhouse for cocktails and happy-hour snacks. Geoffrey doesn't mind hosting, as long as the other two bring the food…and only the food. “We all have amazing wives, but they’re not usually invited,” he says. “They know better.”

From left: Marc Murphy, Scott Conant and Geoffrey Zakarian hang out at Geoffrey’s.

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FOOD NETWORK MAGAZINE

MARCH 2016

PORTRAITS: SPENCER HEYFRON; GROOMING: SCOTT MCMAHAN. FOOD PHOTOS: DAVID MALOSH; FOOD STYLING: MAGGIE RUGGIERO; PROP STYLING: PAMELA DUNCAN SILVER.

When the Chopped cameras stop rolling, these guys are just getting started.

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