What’s the perfect Hamptons meal for "Top Chef" Tom Colicchio (with hat)? “I'm going to Eric Ripert’s house Friday night for a dinner,” he tells Newsday. “He’s going to surprise me. That will be a perfect Hamptons meal.”
The two chefs lent their culinary talents to the 2010 Great Chefs Dinner Sunday at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton to benefit the Hayground School’s Jeff’s Kitchen and the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund.
Marc Meyer and Lauren Tourondel also supplied dishes to the loosen-your-belt cocktail party and gourmet dinner.
Collicio and Ripert have been friends for longer than they care to admit. “I wish I could say we’ve known each other for three years ago to look young,” says Ripert, the dashing 40-something Frenchman who earned a four-star rating at the age of 29 at Le Bernardin. “But, it’s more like twenty.”
And, yes, the Hamptons are a busman’s holiday of sorts for the two great chefs. They are always entertaining. Ripert says he makes different special dishes each weekend.
Collicio says, “I do like to cook at home. But the food doesn’t matter. It’s a chance to get together with friends and have a good time. Coming out here is a time to relax. In the city, we work so hard and we go go go. I come out here to kick back, so it’s really about who you bring to the table. So to me the perfect meal is also something very simple, so I can enjoy my company.”
Collicio shared judging duties with Ripert last season on "Top Chef," which starts taping season eight in a few months. In the fall, he says he'll open up the River Park restaurant on the East River in the 30s in Manhattan. Ripert's PBS show "Avec Eric" returns for a second season in the fall.