Neil Zabriskie, chef and owner of Regards Restaurant, in Portland, Maine, shares his passion for coastal cuisine infused with Mexican and Japanese techniques and flavours.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Neil developed his love for cooking in the vibrant food scene of LA. Seeking further culinary education and experience, he made his way to New York City, where he spent 12 years honing his skills in Spanish and Japanese restaurants. He relocated to Maine with the goal of opening his own restaurant.

After working in the Portland community for years; making connections with local farmers, fishermen and purveyors, he opened Regards. In 2022, Bon Appetit Magazine included Regards on their list of 'Top 50 Best New Restaurants', which helped to launch Neil's status as a culinary force. Neil's talent and dedication has led him to receive numerous accolades, most recently he was recognized as a star chef of New England and named a "Chef to Watch" in 2023 by Plate Magazine.



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