Chef Zakarian of 'The Kitchen' cancels restaurant planned at Donald Trump's new DC hotel

Associated Press

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

In a statement Thursday, the host of the Food Network's "The Kitchen" and 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.

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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 Trump hotels did not immediately respond to a call requesting comment.