Sam Talbot Is a Hamptons Guy Now

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Sam Talbot

Sam Talbot sports his kitchen whites at the Surf
Lodge.Photo: Patrick McMullan

Top Chefs Sam Talbot is now the Surf Lodges Sam Talbot, after his restaurant fed a Don Julio summer kickoff party at the Montauk hotel this weekend. In the kitchen he was banging out appetizers like roasted figs and pulled pork piled on cucumber slices and pretzel toast, but Talbot considers the crab seviche and the scallops to be the menu's hits. I was never a Hamptons guy until now, said the North Carolina transplant, who lives at the hotel and plans to start surfing. I love it. I see the water and cook all day. But its hard to shake that Top Chef shadow or is it? Ive had a woman come up to me and say, Oh my God, Im so sorry about last week, he said, recalling a recent night at Pastis. And I said, I dont know you. And the woman said, I know, we probably shouldnt have made out last week. And I was like, Maam, I dont know who you are. And then she said, No, no. Now youre playing hard to get. And then all of a sudden she realized, I dont know who you are. Grub Street readers wont be fooled so easily. Maridel Reyes

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