Blutstein Returning to Montauk
Jeremy Blutstein, the chef de cuisine at Almond in Bridgehampton and a fixture of the South Fork culinary world since he was a teenager, has been named the executive chef of Gurney’s Star Island Resort and Marina. The resort, which was formerly the Montauk Yacht Club, was purchased by Gurney’s in May. It is undergoing renovations and is scheduled to open in the spring.
Mr. Blutstein will oversee the entirety of the resort’s food service, including a cafe for hotel guests only, a catering operation, and the main restaurant, which will feature a seafood-centric menu, according to Edible East End.
His career in the restaurant business began in Amagansett at age 14, when he started working at the Farmhouse. “I was basically running the place by the time I was 20,” he told The Star recently.
Mr. Blutstein, who has been nominated for a James Beard award, previously helped open the Surf Lodge and Ruschmeyer’s, and he ran the Crow’s Nest, all in Montauk. He also worked in New York City at the Palm, Del Frisco’s, and Blue Fin, but, ultimately, he prefers working on the East End, he told The Star. “There’s no better place to be. Period,” he said. “It’s the best place to cook as far as I’m concerned.”
He will continue at Almond through Feb. 24.
“Couldn’t have asked for a better two years,” Mr. Blutstein wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday, referring to his stint at Almond. “So much love and respect for my time spent here at Almond. Nice knowing that I will always have Jason Weiner & Eric Lemonides in my corner.” J.B.