Why he won Because he combines ingredients from New England and the South with French techniques to create excellent, not-quite-traditional dishes.
Born 1975 Raised Abingdon, VA
Education The New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, VT.
Experience L’Espalier and Sel de la Terre, Boston; Lumière, W. Newton, MA.
Memorable meal “One summer on Cape Cod, we gathered littlenecks and steamers for a clambake. I stood in the water and ate my first raw oyster. I was spitting out sand, but it was incredible.” ingredient obsession Sorghum. “We make gastriques [sweet vinegar sauces] with it and use it to finish sauces.”
Menu item he’s proudest of Beef-tongue canapé. “I put shaved tongue on toast with mustard and melted Gruyère. People don’t usually like tongue—even my mother didn’t want to try it—but it sells.”
Favorite kitchen tool A Cookshack smoker. “That smoker is the reason we can make bacon. It wouldn’t be Hungry Mother without our Cookshack smoker.”
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.