Verace's new executive chef Thomas Rougey an old hand

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Thomas Rougey, executive chef, prepares authentic Italian food

Thomas Rougey, executive chef, prepares authentic Italian food in the open kitchen in the center of the Verace Restaurant on Main Street in Islip. (July 13, 2013) Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

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Thomas Rougey, part of the opening team at Verace in Islip, is the restaurant's new executive chef. The menu is not changing much.

Rougey succeeds Lenny DeFelice, who no longer is associated with Bohlsen Restaurant Group, which owns Verace.

Rougey, an East Islip resident, is the son of Pierre Rougey of Barrique in Babylon. He was born in Brittany. He was a line cook at Verace and later sous-chef at Monsoon in Babylon, also owned by the Bohlsen group.

Verace, 599 Main St., Islip, 631-277-3800.

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