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Chef Ron Duprat of Montauk Yacht Club Dishes on Taste of Two Forks

Famed Chef Ron Duprat took the helm of the Montauk Yacht Club kitchen this season. Duprat was a former Top Chef contestant, and he’ll be joining Dan’s Taste of Two Forks presented by Farrell Building Company, held this Saturday at Sayre Park in Bridgehampton with celebrity hosts Katie Lee and Michael Symon; and Dan’s Harvest East End, held on August 22 at McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian. Both events celebrate the food and wine culture of the East End, attracting the best of the local chefs and vintners. Here, he discusses the events, and what inspires him in the kitchen.

What are you most looking forward to about being part of Dan’s Harvest East End and Dan’s Taste of Two Forks this year?
The excitement

One food or dish that everyone should try at least once in life:
Montauk Fluke Cuit á la Vapeur. 

If you were to eat at your restaurant as a guest, what would you order?
Very good question! I would start with the jumbo scallops; of course the tuna; and my 29-days aged beef.

What is your favorite aspect of being part of the culinary culture on the East End?
The ambiance

Describe the relationship between East End wine and the agriculture, aquaculture and overall East End culinary culture?
Smooth and elegance

Where to enjoy thee perfect drink for a summer night: East Hampton or the Montauk Yacht Club

Dan’s Taste of Summer kicks off with Dan’s GrillHampton presented by Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors 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.

What is your favorite East End-inspired meal?
The watermelon martini

 What is your favorite local ingredient?
The vegetables

When you hear the word “local,” what comes to mind in terms of the East End?
The food and the bars

Where do you find inspiration?
My clientele and my loyal fans.

A great meal always begins with…
My truly in the next chair

Make a toast to East End wine:
Come visit the East End, where local culinary wonders happen live.

Montauk Yacht Club, 32 Star Island Road, Montauk. montaukyachtclub.com, 631-668-3100

Dan’s Taste of Summer kicks off with Dan’s GrillHampton presented by Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors 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.

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