[Winning the 1999 James Beard Award for Best Chef Northeast was special because] we're kind of in the woods and we don't usually get the exposure that the big city chefs and restaurants get ... you don't have to be in the city to achieve this kind of recognition...[More Interview]

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Melissa Kelly of The Old Chatham Sheepherding Company Inn
Chef Kelly grew up on Long Island where her earliest cooking lessons took place in her Italian grandmother's kitchen. First in her graduating class from the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Kelly's post-graduate education took place in some of the top restaurant kitchens in the country.At the Greenbrier Hotel she learned "two valuable lessons -volume and speed." At Larry Forgione's An American Place she learned cooking history and lore, and at Alice Waters' Chez Panisse she found a style- "simplicity, seasonality, freshness." [More Bio]
  • Sheep's Cheese in Grape Leaves
  • Bread and Fish Soup,
  • Melissa Kelly's Rouille
  • Eggplant Caponata
  • Panna Cotta
  • Old Chatham Camembert Crisp
  • Restaurant
    Old Chatham Sheepherding Company Inn: Shaker Museum Road Old Chatham, NY 12136   518-794-9774   [More Restaurant]

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