Dan’s Taste of Two Forks Countdown: Todd Jacobs of Fresh Hamptons

Chef Todd Jacobs of Fresh Hamptons
Chef Todd Jacobs of Fresh Hamptons. Photo credit: S.H. Schulman

If you look inside Chef Todd Jacobs’ refrigerator right now, as he prepares to join the who’s who of East End chefs at Dan’s Taste of Two Forks, you’ll find “lots of fresh greens and vegetables, lemons, lettuce,” he reveals—exactly what you’d expect from the man helming the kitchen at the new Fresh Hamptons in Bridgehampton. But you’ll also find “a bunch of different hot sauces mustards and condiments—some of them too old—wine, beer, champagne,” he adds, along with “leftovers from the restaurant (sweet potatoes, chicken, salmon, sautéed greens), milk, butter, aloe juice, yogurt, strawberries, blueberries—did I mention that Lillian and I have six kids?”

What are you most looking forward to at Dan’s Taste of Two Forks? Seeing old friends and making new ones.

What is one food or dish that everyone should try at least once in life? Sautéed foie gras with sauterns

Describe your relationship with food in three words: Fuel for life

What quality do you most admire in a chef? Multitasking at light speed and keeping cool

Long Island Wine Country is celebrating 40 years this summer—what would you say in a toast to LI Wine? Thanks for the passionate dedication to the craft

The Perfect Drink for a Summer Night: Tolero organic tequila with fresh organic lemon and lime and agave nectar—nothing better than that

Food that defines summer on Long Island: For me, it’s corn on the cob.

If you had two forks in your hands right now, what would you like to stick them in? Art Ludlow’s Mecox Bay Heritage Pork Roasted with fennel and coriander and glazed with an applejack BBQ sauce

The world ends tomorrow. Your last meal would be… A great big barbeque with plenty of raw vegan foods and pork, beef and chicken too—and more importantly, my amazing family!

What is your favorite local ingredient? Depends what day it is. Right now, I can’t wait for tomatoes, corn, and striped bass. Oh, don’t forget eggplant. Eggplant more than any other vegetable when garden fresh is uniquely different.

What is your guilty pleasure these days? Ice cream and chocolate chip cookies

What’s great about being part of the cuisine culture on the East End? The people who are dedicated to excellence in their craft and the incredible access to the tastiest and most nutritious foods available

What do you consider a chef’s most underrated virtue? The ability to solve any problem—the show must go on!

Finish This Sentence: The Perfect Meal Is… Any meal that is shared and cherished with close friends and family, but its gotta be Fresh!

Dan’s Taste of Two Forks is Saturday, July 13, at Sayre Park, 156 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton. The inaugural GrillHampton will be held on Friday, July 12, beginning at 8 p.m. at Sayre Park. For tickets and more information for both events, visit danstasteoftwoforks.com

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