East End Brasserie Chef Steven Zobel: New Guy in Town

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Slated to open October 27 in restaurant formerly known as Trina in the Atlantic Resort & Spa, East End Brasserie will debut with chef Steven Zobel as executive chef. A born and raised New Yorker who left the helm at the fancy, 40-seat French restaurant Triomphe in Manhattan, Zobel gives us his rundown.

On why he moved here

I've always wanted to live at the beach. Now that I'm married and we

have a kid and I work so much, we didn't have the opportunity to take

advantage of all that New York has to offer. A friend of mine who is the

GM here told me about the position. I was hired and moved down in May.

On the difference between fancy French versus rustic French cooking

Triomphe is a small, 40-seat restaurant that's geared toward a fancier

crowd. It's more sculpted dishes, and I used more ingredients. Here,

we'll have a higher volume of customers. It's simple, straightforward

fare: steak frites, raw bar... And the prices are significantly lower.

On the difference between sourcing here versus in New York

You can get anything anywhere if you're willing to pay the price, since the market is so global now. Local swordfish is actually more expensive here

than Chilean swordfish because New Yorkers are willing to pay such high


On gulf oysters

They're the blue-collar oysters. They're versatile. I use them in stews or for anything that's cooked.

Favorite ingredient right now

Chestnut purée jam. The true chestnut flavor is just sweet enough, and the nuttiness is a great complement to foie gras.

Favorite kitchen tool

Sous vide machine. It's great for storage in that it keeps ingredients

crisp while it maintains shape. I love using compressed fruits that really condense flavors. We'll be using some for our cocktail program

that I'm really excited about. I also like the microplane.

Knives: German or Japanese?

German. I use Wusthof.

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