Marc Anthony Bynum, the dynamic chef who cut a swath through high-end Suffolk County kitchens ( Prime in Huntington, Tellers in Islip), has left his most recent post at Venue 56 in Hauppauge. His amicable departure came days after he won on the “Quahog Quandaries and Pickle Puzzles” episode of "Chopped" that aired on June 8.
Now that he’s won in the first round, Bynum will show up in the "Chopped" championship tournament, to air on Food Network later this year. In the meantime, the chef is traveling around the country doing motivational speaking. “Everyone makes fun of Facebook and Twitter,” Bynum told me, “but since I was on "Chopped," hundreds of people have contacted me. They go on my website [mbyumcreations.com], see what I do, and get in touch.”
In addition to motivational speaking (topics include “Dealing with you: Self esteem,” “Together but not equal: How to be a boss,” and “From the hood to under the hood: Making a choice to become a chef”), Bynum is also available to cater private parties and consult on restaurant projects.
Meanwhile, back in Hauppauge, Venue 56’s kitchen is now being run by Rodolfo Flores, who came aboard about a month before Bynum left. Flores, who most recently cooked at Pace’s in Hauppauge, is not changing the menu radically, but he has added some of his own items, including shrimp a la Flores, with bucatini, roasted-tomato sauce and asparagus.
Venue 56 is at 470 Wheeler Rd., Hauppauge, 631-761-5602.
Two jobs ago: Marc Anthony Bynum, when he was executive chef at Tellers Chophouse in Islip in August 2009.