Log In   ·   Become A Member

Local Hamptons Chef To Cook At Prestigious James Beard House In Manhattan

Sydney A. Braat

Chef Damien O'Donnell, local chef and owner of Harbor Bistro. (Courtesy Photo)

Chef Damien O'Donnell, local chef and owner of Harbor Bistro in East Hampton, will cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City on Saturday, January 28th at 7 p.m. Dinners at the Beard House feature "multi-course meals, complemented by wine pairings, prepared by guest chefs from around the world."

"I'm very much looking forward to having the opportunity to cook in James Beard's kitchen," said Chef O'Donnell. "He was an innovative Chef and trend setter of the gastronomic lifestyle. What the James Beard Foundation does to help educate people about cuisine, their scholarship programs and overall support of chefs is outstanding."

Chef O'Donnell is thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase his skills at the James Beard House. "Since I was a young kid going off to culinary school, I knew that cooking at the James Beard House was a huge milestone for a career chef," he added. "I can't express the gratitude and appreciation I feel for being invited to cook in a kitchen with as much history as the Beard House Kitchen."

At the young age of 15, Chef O'Donnell got his first taste of the restaurant world. He began as a dishwasher for a catering company in Monroe, NY and slowly moved up the ranks eventually becoming a full-time operating manager. O'Donnell was later accepted into the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. After graduating in 1997, O'Donnell began working as a prep cook in Manhattan where he learned the value of hands-on experience. In January 1999, he accepted a position of line cook at Roy's NYC in the Marriot Financial Center Hotel where he became much more creative and artistic with his work. O'Donnell worked alongside some of Chef Yamaguchi's talented friends including: Chef Ming Tsai, the 2002 James Beard House Foundation's Best Chef of the North East, Chef Michael Lomonaco, who had roles at Le Cirque, the 21 Club, and Windows of the World, and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, the highly influential proprietor of NOBU, Matsuhisa, and Upon.

In 2006, O'Donnell's dream of opening his own restaurant came true. The chef opened Harbor Bistro in East Hampton, NY, which offers New-American cuisine with hints of Asian flavors and breathtaking water views. He has also competed on the Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay and Chopped, and was invited to participate in Chefs and Champagne in 2009 and in the Great Chefs of Long Island 2014.

O'Donnell's menu, dubbed "East Meets East End," will feature local resources with his signature Asian-style, paired with Wolffer Estate wines. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception, passed hors d'oeuvres, and Wolffer Estate Noblesse Oblige Extra Brut Rosé 2013.

The hors d'oeuvres menu includes Yellowfin Tuna Poke with Sweet Onions, Macadamia Nuts, Ginger Soy Sauce, and Spicy Mayonnaise; Winter Fluke Ceviche with Coriander, Tomatillo Relish, and Avocado Crema on Plantain Chips; Tandoori-Spiced Fried Oysters with Red Lentil Hummus and Spicy Raita; Bonac Clams with Jalapeño Ponzu and Cedar Plank-Roasted Tomato Salsa; and Mongolian Beef Short Rib Lettuce Wraps with Crispy Kataifi. The five-course dinner menu features Maine Lobster Tail Tempura with Baby Kale-Carrot Salad, Toasted Almonds, and Red Curry Sauce; Sea Scallops with Risotto Croquette, Sherry-Pickled Shiitakes, Marinated Beets, Celeriac Velouté, and Tarragon; Roasted Crescent Farms Duck Breast with Roasted Squash Hash, Five-Spice Walnuts, Bok Choy, and Blood Orange-Star Anise Gastrique; Kobe Beef Tataki with Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Red Endive, Pancetta, Watercress, Apple, and Yuzu-Soy Butter; and Pistachio Financier with Lemongrass Bavarois and Passion Fruit Sorbet.

"I would never be in the place or have had the opportunity to be a part of the James Beard House if it wasn't for the support of my family, the guidance of some great chefs and of course every prep cook, line cook, dishwasher and dining room staff person who helped me grow along the way," reflected Chef O'Donnell. "It's an honor and a privilege to be a part of something with so much culinary prestige."

Tickets to this delicious dinner cost $175 per person and $135 for James Beard Foundation members.

James Beard House is located at 167 West 12th Street in New York City. For more information, call 212-627-2308 or visit www.jamesbeard.org.

Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Please type the word 'water'
(For spam prevention, thanks)
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers — and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

CP Complete- Landscape Design & Construction
Paul Guillo And Chris Hall Two Of The Most Respected Names In The Community Together, they are partners in CP Complete. They bring their years of experience and integrity to creating and renovating luxury backyards.

Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field. Trusted, experienced and successful, Andrea has solidified herself as the go-to broker of the Hamptons and a wholehearted advocate for her clients. A pioneer in the real estate industry on the East End of Long Island, she is driven by her passion for the business. Andrea is based in the Bridgehampton office of Brown Harris Stevens as a licensed real estate associate broker and consultant. Formerly, a principal partner and Senior Director at Brown Harris Stevens, Andrea now assists in developing their corporate strategy for the Hamptons region, advising other brokers and sales associates, as well as being one of the top producers and listors.

Brown Harris Stevens is the quintessential luxury real estate firm, with a history of leadership and a culture of professionalism and discretion dating back to 1873
Brown Harris Stevens is the quintessential luxury real estate firm, with a history of leadership and a culture of professionalism and discretion dating back to 1873. At every level of Brown Harris Stevens, you will find highly experienced, knowledgeable experts, single-mindedly devoted to your interests and your satisfaction. With offices in the Hamptons, New York City, Palm Beach, and Miami our brokers are exceptional - leading the field with the quality of their work ethic, their outstanding success rate and the sheer quantity of their transactions.