Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian serving up New York Comic Con

As a devoted viewer of Chopped on Food Network, I'm likely more excited by this news than I have any right to be, but New York Comic Con has announced that celebrated chef Geoffrey Zakarian will be a spotlight guest, appearing on the "Food & Comics" panel and hosting an exclusive dinner at his restaurant The Lambs Club.

The newest Iron Chef, Zakarian's culinary career spans 20 years, from his rise to prominence at Le Cirque in New York City to his tenure as executive chef at 21 Club to the opening of The Lambs Club in 2010. He also wrote the acclaimed cookbook Geoffrey Zakarian's Town/Country.

The dinner at the Lambs Club, on Friday, Oct. 12, will be a fairly intimate affair: Limited to 16 fans, the guests will include Marvel senior vice president, and noted foodie, C.B. Cebulski, Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada and writer Jonathan Hickman. Tickets go on sale Sept. 5 at noon ET/PT.

This will mark, I believe, the third "Food & Comics" panel; the first, held last year at Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo, featured Chef Rick Bayless, and the second, at NYCC, featured Chef Wylie Dufresne.

New York Comic Con will be held Oct. 11-14 at the Jacob Javits Center.

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