Zac Posen Nightshade Fashion designer and cookbook author Swarovski’s The Perry Ellis Award for Women’s wear by the CFDA, Designer of the Year by Women’s Wear Daily and Variety Magazine

Zac Posen is an internationally acclaimed fashion designer and cookbook author who appeared as a judge on six-seasons of Emmy-nominated Project Runway. As an avid cook, we've enjoyed working with Zac through the years for all his cooking needs.

Posen launched his eponymous collection in 2001, with a vision for modern American glamour that married couture technique with striking innovation. Raised in New York, Zac began his design training early. He attended London’s Central Saint Martins University in the womenswear degree program. In 2004, he was awarded one of fashion’s most prestigious honors, Swarovski’s The Perry Ellis Award for Women’s wear by the CFDA. In 2015, Zac Posen was also awarded Designer of the Year by Women’s Wear Daily and Variety Magazine. Zac is known globally for his technique in artisanal craftsmanship, anatomical construction and textile manipulation. His daywear, suiting and red carpet eveningwear are infused with his bold sophistication, sexy femininity and distinctive glamour. 

Over the years, his designs have been worn by leading women, including Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman, Oprah, First Lady Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Claire Danes and Rihanna.

Zac, a lover of food and an inventive chef, gained an enormous following on Instagram where he showcases his cooking with the hashtag, #cookingwithzac, which led him to  create his  first cookbook entitled Cooking With Zac,  published by Rodale in October 2017. Cooking With Zac is currently available worldwide and can be purchased on  Amazon  or at  Barnes & Noble. His recipes have been featured in  Food & Wine,, On the Table with Eric Ripert, Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart Show and The Chew.

Recreate Zac's recipes with his favorite Regalis ingredients. 

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Best Afghani Red Saffron (iso. 265+) photos by Regalis Foods - item 1
Afghani Red Saffron (iso. 265+)

This exceptionally bright and aromatic saffron comes from Herat, Afghanistan, home of Heray Spice’s founder, Mohammad Salehi. Mohammed started this project in 2017, after years of working as a US Army interpreter in Afghanistan before relocating to Chicago, in a program specifically for individuals who had risked their lives in support of anti-Taliban efforts. Determined to sustain a valuable and impactful relationship with his homeland and to showcase its potential for phenomenal products, Mohammed organized a collective of several farmers around the production of the world’s finest saffron. In the four years since its inception, Heray has increased its farmer membership almost tenfold, weathered wildly complex and precarious positioning with the return of the Taliban, and nonetheless followed through on its mission — help farmers, support children’s education in Herat, and introduce western chefs and kitchens to an incredible product. 

Making all of this happen is neither simple nor straightforward, but in any interview you’ll find with Mohammad, he states unambiguously that he views Heray foremost as a vehicle for impact, and secondarily as a traditional “business.” 10% of the company’s profits go directly toward educational non-profits in Herat, and the farmers and seasonal workers who actively farm the flowers and harvest the saffron are paid 30 - 50% more than the national standard. In addition to upholding the company’s impact aspirations, these measures are necessary in order to incentivize farmers to stick with saffron, despite it being more tedious and less profitable in the short-term than opium. However, if done well and targeted to a strong market, saffron will outperform opium after its second year, rewarding both the company’s investments and the farmers’ commitments. 

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