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WHAT ARE CHEF MARC MURPHY’S FAVORITE HAMPTONS RESTAURANTS?
Publishing his first cookbook this summer, chef Marc Murphy shares his secrets to cooking and dining out east.
Chef Marc Murphy takes his cooking seriously. Whether he’s behind the line at his New York City restaurants Landmarc and Ditch Plains or at his summer home in Bridgehampton, he always has a tableful of friends and family. With his first cookbook, Season with Authority: Confident Home Cooking, on the shelves this summer and a new season of Chopped on the Food Network, he won’t have to look far to round out this summer’s guest list.
What’s on the table this summer? Fresh fish, meat, vegetables, fruit, and all of it from the grill. I have my dream grill from Grillworks, and I use it for anything and everything—from grilled romaine and soft shell crabs to peaches and pizza. Standing in front of the grill, anytime of year, means beach to me.
What’s in your garden? We have an amazing garden on our deck off the kitchen, and we grow tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, and the most amazing variety of lettuces. Every lunch is a salad fresh from the garden.
Go-to kitchen tool: A Japanese mandoline; it makes slicing so easy and at the end makes the dishes look professional.
Favorite ingredient: Dijon mustard: It’s versatile and great for marinades, dressings, or just on the side.
Most-used summer ingredient: Tomatoes
This summer’s cocktail: Always a Negroni!
Best-kept secret out East: Iacono Farm is a family-operated chicken farm in East Hampton that has incredibly fresh eggs and chickens. I use their chickens all summer long to make beer-can chicken—a perfect summer recipe that you can find in my cookbook.
Favorite Hamptons memory: Teaching my kids to swim in the ocean. We live on the beach, so it was really important for us to make sure they learned to respect the ocean and know how to swim in it. My greatest memory is watching them run into the surf on their own for the first time—they’re fearless.
Top spot for dining out: The Crow’s Nest in Montauk because it has one of the most beautiful settings. I also really love the special dinners at Topping Rose House. Last summer they did a communal pig roast every Sunday and we were almost always there.
Best surf spot: Ditch Plains in Montauk is by far my favorite spot—and not just because I named my West Village restaurant after it! I love to surf at Ditch Plains, but there’s also a culture there that is amazing—sort of a throwback and a nice relief from the insanity of “the Hamptons.”
Read the Article at Hamptons-Magazine.com HERE.