Chef Zineb “ZiZi” Hattab

Zineb Hattab is a balanced cocktail of cultural heritage, vast travel experiences and passion. Growing up surrounded by Moroccan rituals, Catalan traditions, and Mediterranean markets, she has always been unpredictable. It was no surprise when she decided to leave behind a successful career as an engineer to become a cook. She has since focused on pursuing excellence in restaurants that go beyond technique shaping her cuisine as an extension of her sensibilities.

 In 2014 she put on her first apron and travelled to the Basque Country to learn from some of the chefs who defined Spanish cuisine. Soon after she moved to Modena, attracted by Massimo Bottura’s sensitivity towards the Arts. There she trained with his guidance at Osteria Francescana.

At El Celler de Can Roca, the three brothers had a great impact on her vision of a team as a key element for success.

After those experiences, she was ready to settle at the awarded Schloss Schauenstein where she became Andreas Caminada’s mentee and right hand. Three years in Switzerland made of her a very meticulous and precise chef with an unapologetic creativity.

In 2017, inspired by Dan Barber’s vision of food as a whole system she decided to move to New York and work at Blue Hill. Then ready for a different cuisine she became the Executive Sous Chef at the acclaimed Cosme, where the discovery of Mexican food was mixed with the challenge of leading a real New York kitchen.

Persistent on evolution and pushing ahead Zineb is ready for her solo adventure. Her flavour combinations and kicking twists in techniques reflect her personality. She is now fully committed to sharing her expression in her personal project back in Europe.

We are super-excited to have Chef Hattab come to Saratoga Springs, New York, to be our fifth guest chef in the Rascal + Thorn Dinner Series prior to her European return.

A Balanced Culinary Cocktail

A rising star on the global culinary scene, Chef Hattab’s outstanding menu will feature some of the best local product including Mack Brook Farm grass-fed angus beef, Mariahville Mushrooms and super-fresh seafood from Pura Vida Fisheries/Moby Rick’s as well as top product from elsewhere. She will marry the various ingredients in a multi-course meal reflective of her various influences and her own personal style.

All will be served on beautiful plates from Crucial Detail, M.Tucker Co. and Steelite USA.

A Special Evening

It’s great to be back in Saratoga Springs at Hamlet & Ghost, the location of our second Guest Chef Dinner featuring Chef Johnny Spero.

Tickets will be very limited with an afternoon seating and an evening seating, so don’t wait to purchase your tickets. We will provide Chef Counter side seats as they remain available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


There will be two seatings for this late lunch / dinner on Sunday, March 24th. 2:00pm & 6:30pm

Location: Hamlet & Ghost, 24 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

  • Welcome Apertif
  • Passed Canapes
  • Multi-Course Dinner
  • Optional Wine Pairing
  • Service

$110 per person

6:30pm seating is SOLD OUT.

2pm seating still has seats remaining.

Optional $55 Wine Pairing. Wines and cocktails will also be offered A La Carte.

Two Seatings: 2pm & 6:30pm

To make a reservation for the dinner, please click the button below to use our Tock Reservation system.

Have a question?

    Our guest chef dinner with @airick72 @willtwyatt and @lempka_gram coming up to open the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival at the beautiful @hotelsaranac is still 2 weeks away and we have already sold out both Saturday seatings! There are only a few seats still available for the Friday night seating! 

To whet your whistle even more, we are proud to say that the cocktail pairings will feature the portfolio of Chatham Imports including @michterswhiskey @sietemisterios Mezcal @farmersgin and more!

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    A great event comes down to details, both large and small. We are proud to feature these beautiful cocktail napkins done for us by @mydrap_northamerica to be used for our upcoming R+T dinners with Eric Anderson, Will Wyatt and Alex Lempka to open Saranac Lake winter Carnival at the beautiful Hotel Saranac on the 3rd and 4th of February.  Tickets are sold out for the 8pm Saturday seating, but we still have a few left for the Friday night and 5PM Saturday seatings. See our profile for more information.

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    The holidays are upon us and it’s too late for shipping, but if you hurry, you can still purchase tickets for the grand return of the Rascal + Thorn Guest Chef Series, our first since the pandemic started. Featuring Michelin-starred chef Erik Anderson ( @airick72 ) currently at the 1Michelin star Barndiva in beautiful Healdsburg, CA in the heart of Sonoma wine country and NYC barman extraordinaire, Will Wyatt ( @willtwyatt ) of Mr. Paradise et al., these will take place at the impressively refurbished Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, NY to kick off the famously festive Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

The second Saturday seating is nearly sold out and the other two seatings aren’t far behind. We have a limited number of discounted guest rooms available with purchase @hotelsaranac  so you can make a special pre-valentine’s weekend in the heart of the Adirondacks!

The evening will open with canapés from Chef Alex Lempka ( @lempka_gram ) of Hamlet & Ghost in Saratoga Springs and a welcome beverage, followed by a 5 course dinner with a choice of alcohol-containing and alcohol free pairings. 

The photo was taken 10 years ago at the legendary The Catbird Seat in Nashville, TN, where Chef Anderson was the opening chef along with Chef Josh Habiger.

Follow the profile link to the Rascal + Thorn website for more information and a link to Tock for tickets.