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CHEF MICHAEL SYMON ON HIS GARDEN IN EAST HAMPTON
Chef, author, and The Chew cohost Michael Symon is enjoying summer in East Hampton with fresh and flavorful food picked from his own garden.
You’re spending your first summer in East Hampton…
Michael Symon: I love that we live in the village and can walk to just about everything. I also love how central it is to the other villages.
If not cooking, what are your favorite summer activities?
MS: Gardening and golf.
What is your favorite summer ingredient?
MS: Tomatoes right out of my garden.
What else are you growing?
MS: Six tomato varieties, about 10 herbs, hot peppers, three eggplant varieties, strawberries, tongue of fire beans, arugula, kale, escarole, endive, and Swiss chard.
You recently opened Mabel’s BBQ in your Cleveland hometown, but where in the Hamptons is the best place for barbecue?
MS: I love barbecue in every shape, size, and style; I have a giant smoker at the house and do a lot of smoking here, but I think Townline in Wainscott does a great job.
Your son is opening Grindstone Coffee and Donuts in Sag Harbor.
MS: We’re opening in early to mid-July! [I’m] beyond excited—amazing brioche doughnuts made with ground flour from Amber Waves Farm and coffee from one of the country’s top five roasters. Grindstone will be the first place to feature it on the East Coast.
Who inspires you?
MS: My grandfather. A great man who lives by the motto of work hard, love your family, and be honest.
What’s your favorite summer cocktail?
MS: Arnold Palmer with bourbon.
What are your favorite local dining spots?
MS: Breakfast at John Papas [Cafe in East Hampton], lunch at Bostwick’s, and dinner at Meeting House.
Read the Article at Hamptons-Magazine.com HERE.