Geoffrey Zakarian Backs Out of Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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The 'Chopped' judge said the real estate mogul's recent statements on Mexican immigrants "do not, in any way, align" with his personal core values.

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is canceling plans for a restaurant in a new hotel being developed in Washington, D.C., by real estate mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump.

In a statement Thursday, the host of the Food Network's The Kitchen and a judge on Chopped said he won't go forward with plans for a restaurant at the Trump International Hotel because Trump's recent statements on Mexican immigrants "do not, in any way, align" with his personal core values.

Many organizations have cut ties with Trump after he said in a campaign speech that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the U.S., and some are rapists. He's been criticized but hasn't apologized.

A spokeswoman for the Trump Hotel Collection said in a statement Thursday that "Zakarian's foolish decision will be his loss."

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