Named one of the “Best Restaurants in America 2017” by GQ Magazine as well as being named to Detroit Free Press’ “Best New Restaurants 2017”
Flowers of Vietnam has ascended from its status as a clandestine weekend only destination hidden inside one of Detroit’s few remaining original Coney Island’s, staffed by personnel with no previous experience to become a vanguard, leading the way in Detroit’s dining scene.
George Azar started Flowers of Vietnam at the age of 27 in the predominantly hispanic Southwest Detroit, the neighborhood he grew up in and the place that molded his character.
Due to the strong personal ties to the neighborhood his affinity for it is undying and deeply ingrained in the culture he has built around Flowers of Vietnam.
As a teenager, George began cooking as a casual means to occupy time and make money in school. Over time it grew into something more elaborate and George ran with it making a career for himself and others. Years later Zagat would name him on their National “Rock Stars Redefining the Industry” list, highlighting the innovators changing the culinary field across the U.S
His path through the industry has taken him to kitchens in world renowned cities, across borders, and even in the jungle. With stints at Chicago’s Alinea, Bouchon Bistro in Las Vegas, Rene Redzepi’s Noma, as well as being food and beverage manager at The Waldorf Astoria- New Orleans all under his belt, he has returned to the place he considers home to create a synthesis of all of his experiences as the Chef/Owner of Flowers of Vietnam.
He has a degree in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University as well as being trained at Schoolcraft College