Ron Duprat is excited to be back in Montauk. The Haitian native, food activist and former contestant on Bravo’s cooking competition show Top Chef is passionate about “creating an environment where every country and every island can empower farmers to grow the right thing.” Now, the veteran culinary expert will be serving up tastes of the East End as the new executive chef of the Montauk Yacht Club Resort and Marina.
“I was here before and I have always wanted to come back,” Duprat says. Before his dishes were featured on menus from the Caribbean to the East Coast, Duprat studied at College Aimee Cesaire and La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine and the Culinary Institute of America. He would go on to do private dinners for celebrities including Usher and Hamptons fan Beyoncé. Duprat also partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama on her “Let’s Move” campaign, but he remains most dedicated to creating organic, sustainable and delicious dishes.
He returns to Montauk enthusiastic about presenting the very best the island has to offer.
“Not many people know that pearl oysters can be from the Peconic River. Me? I’m all about showcasing what comes from Montauk, the flavor of the East End,” Duprat says.
He is also looking forward to some new additions to the menu, including his featured scallops and lobster quesadilla. Duprat will also showcase local, fresh fish like fluke and flounder.
“I’m excited to be back in Montauk, to be back in the East End and to create a cuisine that the world feels good about—all the foodies and the celebrities that visit,” Duprat says. “It’s about giving guests an opportunity they never had before.”