Switzerland-born, California-raised Galen Zamarra was destined to be a chef. While in high school, Galen attended culinary classes at the local community college, spending nights working in restaurants. A James Beard Award-winner, Galen opened Mas (farmhouse) in April 2004 to immediate acclaim. Esquire named Mas “one of the best new restaurants in the U.S.”, and New York Magazine hailed Galen “the next Jean-Georges,” while proclaiming Mas “one of the best new restaurants in NYC.” Following a kitchen fire that closed the restaurant the summer prior, Galen reopened Mas (farmhouse) in July 2017. He remains dedicated to the same principles that made its original inception a success.