GrillHampton prepares a barbecue for bragging rights, a fun night for all

Bronx-based Hudson Smokehouse won the People’s Choice Award for Best BBQ Master and Chef Peter Ambrose was judged for the Best Chef title on August 5 at GrillHampton, the annual barbecue competition pitting chefs from the East End with their colleagues from New York City. .

Hudson Smokehouse was the first New York restaurant to beat out Hamptons chefs in years. GrillHampton kicked off Dan’s Signature Weekend, part of the Dan’s Taste 2022 series presented by Yieldstreet, which concludes on August 6 with the inaugural Dan’s Bubbles. tonight! —celebrating champagne and other bubbly drinks. The food was delicious, the drink selection was stellar, and the crowd was lively during GrillHampton at Nova’s Ark at the Water Mill, a sprawling sculpture park that became an eye-catching venue for the contest.

“I put off a big European trip to stay here because I think it’s important for people to come back to these festivals, especially in the Hamptons, where I’ve been coming for over 20 years,” said Foodgod, the TV celebrity who hosted the event. . event. “It’s really good to see there are still some amazing events to come… Glad to be a part of that. The bigger the better, for me.”

From left to right: Milind Mehere, CEO of Foodgod and Yieldstreet, at GrillHampton 2022.

Participating East End grill masters for Team Hamptons included chefs from Showfish at Gurney’s Star Island Resort and Marina in Montauk cooking butter-beer braised carnitas with adobo cream, pickled red onions and cilantro in a flour tortilla; Greenport-based Green Hill Kitchen & Que serves smoked St. Louis short rib pastrami with spicy mustard and dill chimichurri; Southold-based Grace & Grit handed out chicken burgers with Alabama white sauce and spicy pickles; Y Sydney’s “Taylor” Made kitchen makes its house-marinated grilled flank steak with tomato, onion and avocado salad.

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“It’s amazing, especially the people’s choice, that’s the customers,” said Kenneth McPartlan, a self-taught pit master and owner of the Hudson Smokehouse, after winning the trophy for his grilling smoked brisket burgers topped with pickles, pickled onions and a drizzle of sweet Hudson BBQ sauce. “Those are the people who walk in, spend money, and those are the ones you really want to impress the most.”

Barbara Barry, general manager of Hudson Smokehouse, noted that the win is very special to them because last year’s GrillHampton was the first foodie event they’ve participated in since they opened the restaurant in 2020.

Left to right: GrillHampton 2022 Judge’s Choice Winner Chef Peter Ambrose, Yieldstreet CEO Milind Mehere and Elizabeth Aloni of Schneps Events.
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“GrillHampton will always be first,” he said. “The other events are great, but GrillHampton is special.”

Chef Peter Ambrose with Events by Peter Ambrose, which caters events throughout New York City and the East End, represented Team Hamptons with their award-winning turf & turf taco featuring slow-smoked chimichurri pork, coffee-rubbed brisket topped with grilled kimchi, local hot pepper harissa aioli sauce and grilled avocado-lime crema on a flour tortilla served with a side of miso butter and grilled balsam farmhouse corn.

“It’s always exciting to be a part of something like this,” said Justin DeMarco of Based on Westhampton Beach justin Court Shop, the 2021 GrillHampton winner who wowed the crowd this year with smoked meatballs in a bourbon barbecue glaze on a bed of southern-style coleslaw. “It’s good to see people making an effort. Vendors showing off their wares is next level, which is fun. They crushed him.”

Hudson Smokehouse owner Kenneth McPartlan celebrates winning GrillHampton’s 2022 People’s Choice Award.

In addition to the Hudson Smokehouse, he also represented the Battery Park City-based New York Blue Smoke crew, who prepared Kansas City ribs with blue smoke barbecue sauce and pickles., Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue grilling smoked pork ribs with Morgan’s BBQ sauce and house-made coleslaw and Freeport-based Backyard Barbeque Inc. cooks up smoked chicken wings with homemade pickles.

Dessert was served by Chef Hayley Pierce of Shmayley, who served peach cobbler with classic vanilla ice cream with fresh peaches and pie crust topped with sprinkled brown sugar and whipped cream. And North Fork Donut Co. served up caramel coffee cake on a homemade cinnamon streusel with a caramel drizzle, Oreos topped with vanilla frosting and topped with crumbled Oreos and vanilla drizzle, and chocolate-strawberry-glazed donuts with chocolate chips. rainbow.

The Dan’s Taste Summer Series Presented by Yieldstreet is organized by Schneps Events, a division of Dan’s papers parent company Schneps Media.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to come and try what these restaurants on the North Fork, South Fork and New York City have to offer,” he said. Joshua Schneps, CEO of Schneps Media and publisher of Dan’s papers. “Everyone is very talented, they come here to serve their best food and I hope everyone enjoys it.”

BBQ masters show off their skills at GrillHampton

A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit local nonprofit organizations, including All For The East End, which exhibits and supports more than 1,000 charities in all five East End cities.

Yieldstreet, Angels Envy, Barton & Guestier, Blacklane, Blue Moon, Modelo, BMW of Southampton, Dime Bank, La Croix, Listel, Mohegan Sun, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, White Claw, Adamas, Quintessence Hotel, Balsamic Vinegar of Moderna sponsored the event. , Stutman Stutman & Lichenstein, LLP, Veuve du Vernay and the Hard Rock Hotel New York

“Dan’s Taste has built an audience over the years in the Hamptons, people love coming to these events,” said Yieldstreet CEO Milind Mehere. “For Yieldstreet, we want to spread the word, partner with businesses like yours to reach the right target audience so people can come, enjoy with us, and understand what Yieldstreet does as a business.”

Drinks were flowing at GrillHampton.

From the moment the guests arrived, it was clear that it was going to be a great evening. The conversation flowed easily and before the guests knew it, they were laughing and having the time of their lives. The food was amazing, and the drinks were even better. When the night came to an end, new friends were made.

“Initiatives like this raise the culinary game in the Hamptons in general,” said Michael Pitsinos, operator of Capri Southampton and founder of Naya Hamptons, who judged Grillhampton along with Foodgod. “I am delighted with the opportunity. This year is phenomenally busy. People are really having fun.”

GrillHampton guests in the VIP room.

Dan’s Bubbles will take place from 7-10 pm on August 6 at Nova’s Ark, 60 Millstone Road in Water Mill. Visit DansTaste.com for tickets and information.

Hungry for more? Get tickets to Taste the Greats at The Mansion at Oyster Bay on October 20. Visit tastethegreats.com for more information.