About the Author
Two-time Chopped Champion winner, and host of Snapchat’s first-ever cooking Show, Chopped U, and Food Network Digital’s Comfort Nation, Lazarus Lynch is an entrepreneur, singer-songwriter, chef, author, and the face of the brand, Son of a Southern Chef. New York City born and raised, Lazarus stepped into the kitchen at an early age under the tutelage of his father, Johnny Ray Lynch, a southern chef from Bessemer, Alabama. Together, they created a special bond in the kitchen that would soon launch into a successful media enterprise.
In 2014, Lazarus created Son of a Southern Chef, dedicated to his father’s southern cooking, and building the next generation of soulful cooks in the world. His fun, charismatic, and down-to-earth approach to food and cooking connects him with thousands across the globe daily. In 2015, he was a co-host on the ABC Network digital series, Tastemade Get Cookin’. He was also a featured host on the Webby awarded mobile site and app, Tastemade, and appeared regularly on the Tastemade Snapchat Discover Channel.
Food Network host, Ingrid Hoffmann, named Lazarus “the next big food star.” He is a two-time Chopped Champion winner, and has been a guest on several shows including the Emmy-nominated, The Kitchen, and The Kitchen Sink, The Today Show, and judges for Chopped Junior, and Beat Bobby Flay. He was also a season seven co-host on Cooking Channel’s, Unique Sweets. He has appeared as a guest on several radio shows including NPR’s Science Friday, WPR’s Food Friday, and Heritage Radio Network’s Feast Yr Ears. He has an active YouTube channel with nearly 11,000 subscribers where he shares both original and sponsored content. He created popular series on YouTube including My College Kitchen, Laz’s Comfort Kitchen, and Soul Food Talks. He has worked with a range of industry leading brands including Kelloggs, Hidden Valley, Wells Fargo, 4-H, AT&T, Honda and more.
Lazarus holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. He is a proud 4-H Luminary alum and served as a trustee on the National 4-H Council. He is a World Food Prize Ambassador and activists for food security, hunger awareness, LGBTQ+, healthy living, and visits schools throughout the year to share his positive message with the next generation. He is the host of Comfort Nation on Food Network and released his first cookbook with the publisher, Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House in June 2019. He lives in New York City.