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Biography

Zach Israel is the co-founder of Blank Slate, a café brand in New York City, offering customers quality dining with neighborhood charm. His first concept, Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen, is a bustling cafe and coffee bar with locations in NoMad and Midtown. Its spinoff Blank Slate Tea is a modern tea bar and event space.

Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Zach fell in love with the food and beverage industry early on. He discovered his love of hospitality operations during his time as a student at Ithaca College when he worked in the campus dining... READ MORE

Zach Israel is the co-founder of Blank Slate, a café brand in New York City, offering customers quality dining with neighborhood charm. His first concept, Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen, is a bustling cafe and coffee bar with locations in NoMad and Midtown. Its spinoff Blank Slate Tea is a modern tea bar and event space.

Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Zach fell in love with the food and beverage industry early on. He discovered his love of hospitality operations during his time as a student at Ithaca College when he worked in the campus dining hall.

In 2006, Zach joined FB Hospitality Group and became an integral part of their operations and openings. He saw through the management of ten high-volume restaurants, bars and nightclubs across the New York and New Jersey area.

Along with his wife and business partner, Ashley Jaffe, Zach oversees the day-today operations of each Blank Slate café and a growing catering business.

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What is your favorite NYC restaurant? And what is your go-to dish? Casa Mono. Razor Clams a la Plancha. What is your ultimate meal? Smoked salmon on an everything bagel with all the fixings. What three things are always in your pantry? EVOO, garlic, and hot sauce. If you weren't a chef, what would you be? Professional golfer (in my dreams!) If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? Anthony Bourdain. What’s your favorite NYCWFF memory? Tasting too many burgers at Burger Bash.