Prominent Entrepreneurs Nina Zagat, Tim Zagat, and Rick Smilow Join Action Against Hunger Board

Nina and Tim Zagat, the co-founders and co-chairs of the Zagat Survey®, a leading provider of consumer survey-based leisure content, have become Honorary Board Members of Action Against Hunger USA (ACF), a worldwide leader in hunger relief. ACF also announced that Rick Smilow of the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education has joined its Board of Advisors.

Nina and Tim Zagat launched Zagat Survey in 1979 by inviting diners to rate and review the restaurants they visited. Initially started as a hobby, Zagat Survey is now the world's leading provider of consumer survey-based dining, lodging and leisure information.

The Zagats have been honored on many occasions for their exemplary work. They were recognized as Entrepreneurs of the Year by both Ernst & Young and Harvard Business School, and were inducted to NYU’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Nina Zagat, co-chair of Zagat Survey, was named one of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World by the Star Group. She was also included in Crain’s list of the Top Tech 100, featuring New York City’s most influential people in technology. Tim Zagat, chief executive officer and co-chair of Zagat Survey, has served in various prominent civic, cultural and charitable capacities over the years - most recently as Member of the Board of the NYC Partnership and Chamber of Commerce, the official marketing, promotion and tourism arm of New York City.

“We are delighted to be honorary members of the board of Action Against Hunger USA,” said Nina and Tim Zagat. “Globally, there are 840 million people who suffer from hunger each year - there should be no one who has to go to bed hungry. We look forward to helping ACF achieve this goal.”

Rick Smilow

Rick Smilow is President and Owner of The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), one of the oldest and most prestigious culinary schools in the United States. During his tenure, among other initiatives, the school has tripled its program offerings, gained accreditation, changed its name and physically relocated and expanded within New York City. In 2003, ICE won the IAC’s Award of Excellence for cooking schools. In 2004, ICE will expand to a total of 42,000 sq. ft. in its 50 West 23rd Street facility in Manhattan, adding more kitchens, classrooms and administrative space.

Prior to acquiring the school from the estate of Peter Kump in 1995, Mr. Smilow was an entrepreneur in the pet food business and held several product management positions at Nabisco Brands USA. In 2004, he will be the honoree of the New York Association of Culinary Professionals.

“As a member of the culinary community, I was looking to become involved with a group that fights hunger on an international level,” said Mr. Smilow. “Action Against Hunger impressed me from the start as a dynamic, well-run organization that actively dives into some of the world’s most desperate situations. Focusing on safe water, sanitation and feeding programs, ACF makes a difference and saves lives.”