Taste of Summer Talk with Chef Jason Kallert of Tillie’s at Gurney’s Montauk

Chef Jason Kallert of Tillie's at Gurney's Montauk
Chef Jason Kallert of Tillie's at Gurney's Montauk, Photo: Courtesy LDV Hospitality

Gurney’s Montauk has opened a number of new restaurants for summer 2015 under LDV Hospitality.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and brunch on Sundays, the resort’s Tillie’s Restaurant specializes in seasonal American dishes. With indoor seating and outdoor dining overlooking the ocean from Gurney’s unique vantage point, Tillie’s is open year round. Chef Jason Kallert will bring his creations to Dan’s GrillHampton on July 17 and Dan’s Taste of Two Forks on July 18. Here, he discusses eating local, coming to Montauk and the value of a Corona Light.

What are you most looking forward to about being part of Dan’s Taste of Summer this year?
Meeting new people in our beloved eastern end of Long Island

One food or dish that everyone should try at least once:
True Texas BBQ

What is the best pairing of food and Long Island beer? Long Island wine?
Long Island beer with fried clams; Long Island wine with lobster

If you were to eat at your restaurant as a guest, what would you order?
Mediterranean salad and the burger

What drew you to work on the East End?
The opportunity to bring out LDV’s new concept and introduce it to a new crowd

If we looked inside your refrigerator right now, what would we find?
Corona Light

Food that defines summer on the East End:

If you had two forks in your hands right now, what would you like to stick them in?
Tillie’s Tuna Tartar or the Ritz Crab Cake

The perfect drink for a summer night:
Corona Light

Favorite East End-inspired meal?
The warm sushi at ENE

What is your favorite local ingredient?
The fresh seafood

What is your favorite aspect of being part of the East End culinary culture?
Getting to work with all of the locals and listening to all of their stories over the years

What does “local” mean?

Where do you find inspiration?
From good people

If you were to pack a meal for the beach, what are three things you’d bring?
Half a six-pack of Corona Light

A great meal always begins with…
Good company

Dan’s Taste of Summer kicks off with Dan’s GrillHampton presented by Pat LaFrieda on Friday, July 17, and continues on Saturday, July 18, with Dan’s Taste of Two Forks presented by Farrell Building Company, 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 DansTasteofSummer.com.

Tillie’s at Gurney’s Montauk, 290 Old Montauk Highway, 631-668-1729, tilliesrestaurant.com.

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