Claude’s Restaurant is pleased to announce the appointment of James Carpenter, a navy veteran, as the restaurant’s Executive Chef as they re-open for their full-time summer hours on Saturday, May 19th. He brings the slow food movement and innovative energy to the dining experience at this up and coming restaurant.
As Executive Chef, Carpenter oversees the restaurant’s newly renovated dining room and outside dining patios, which highlights signature American fare including seafood, salads, and seasonal features – as well as its special events, wine pairing dinners, Restaurant Week offerings, and more. Chef Carpenter also oversees the restaurant’s onsite catering events ranging in size from small meetings to large events of up to 400 people.
A veteran in hospitality and some of the East End’s finest kitchens, Chef Carpenter brings nearly 27 years of culinary experience. Prior to joining the team at Claude’s, Carpenter served as executive chef at best-known eateries, including Della Femina, The American Hotel, Page at 63 Main, The Living Room and East Hampton Point. He also spent time working with notable chefs such as Susan Spicer in New Orleans at Bayona, Louis Osteen at Charleston’s Louis’ and Gunther Seeger at Atlanta’s Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.
On his move to Claude’s, Chef Carpenter said, “I’m very excited to be back in Southampton where I started at Savana’s. I am also looking forward to create an amazing destination restaurant.”
Dede Gotthelf, the owner of the Southampton Inn says, “it is such a pleasure to have one of the premier food professionals on the east end as executive chef at Claude’s. For the first time in ten years, Claude’s will not only be serving breakfast and outdoor lunch, but now a superb dinner inside or outside under the stars, featuring many of the foods and ingredients grown locally from our farmers and sourced from our fishermen. “
A firm believer in using locally sourced ingredients, Chef Carpenter is creating the lunch and dinner menu to showcase many local farms and farmers. Both menus are designed specifically using fresh, in-season ingredients, and include such dishes as Peconic Pride Oysters with shallot cucumber mignonette, Rope Cultured Mussels Chimichurri style, Satur Farm Little Gem Salad, Pan Roasted Day Boat Halibut with wild mushroom ragu and truffle potato puree, and Sheep Ricotta Gnudi with mini lamb meatballs.
“It is very easy to make excellent food when you are surrounded by the great farms and seafood. We support them and everyone wins,” Carpenter says.
Reservations are available via open table or by phone at 631-283-6500.