Fresh Hamptons Chef Todd Jacobs Dishes on East End Dining

Fresh Hamptons chef and owner Todd Jacobs
Fresh Hamptons chef and owner Todd Jacobs

As the name would indicate, Bridgehampton’s Fresh Hamptons is all about local ingredients. With its own on-site garden, it’s no wonder Chef Todd Jacobs would choose to order vegetables if he was a guest at his own restaurant. Read on for more inspiration from the culinary master behind the establishment:

What are you most looking forward to about being part of Dan’s Taste of Summer this year?
Seeing old friends

One food or dish that everyone should try at least once in life:
Bluefin toro

What is the best pairing of food and Long Island beer? Long Island wine?
Steamed lobster and Crooked Ladder Brewing Company Kölsch; pan seared scallops and Lieb Pinot Blanc; or maybe grilled Peconic pride oysters with American paddlefish caviar; and chive beurre blanc with Sparkling Pointe cuvée

If you were to eat at your restaurant as a guest, what would you order?
A fresh summer roll and a five (vegetable) sides combo

Describe the adrenaline of working in a Hamptons kitchen.
Like a roller coaster, you know the rush is coming. Then it hits and you are screaming fast then before you know it you’re done.
What drew you to work on the East End?
The ocean and lifestyle

If we looked inside your refrigerator right now, what would we find?
Lots of to-go boxes from the restaurant with half-eaten meals, some beer, some wine, some cheese and plenty of fruit and berries

The perfect drink for a summer night:

Food that defines summer on the East End:
Corn on the cob

If you had two forks in your hands right now, what would you like to stick them in?
Duck breast

Favorite East End-inspired meal?
Clam bake

What is your favorite local ingredient?

What is your favorite aspect of being part of the culinary culture on the East End?
Getting to know the farmers and fishermen and all my local friends

When you hear the phrase “local,” what comes to mind?
Peter’s Pond Beach or Barcelona Neck

Where do you find inspiration, inside and outside the kitchen?

If you were to pack a meal for the beach, what are three things you’d bring:
Fruit, green juice and a salad

A great meal always begins with…

Dan’s Taste of Summer kicks off with Dan’s GrillHampton on Friday, July 17, and continues on Saturday, July 18, with Dan’s Taste of Two Forks, both at Sayre Park, 156 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton. Dan’s Harvest East End, the can’t-miss food and wine classic, rounds out the trio of events on August 22 in Cutchogue. For more information on all three events, including tickets and VIP packages, visit

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