This I Believe. Many are familiar with Omar Khayyam's restaurant in San Francisco and its owner George Mardikian. This restauranteur, whose career began as a dishwasher, is now one of the country's leading food experts. During the war, as consultant on food to the Quartermaster General of the U.S. Army, he visited G.I. mess halls around the world, and revolutionized the army kitchens. Here now is George Mardikian.