“A decade of travel and meeting new people in culinary settings gave me exposure to a variety of approaches and insight into the different directions taken by chefs,” said Brown. He was mentored by Chef Austin Johnson, who was trained by culinary pioneer Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Avenue. Chef Brown worked with Johnson to reopen The Krebs, a landmark Skaneateles restaurant that has served presidents, and dignitaries for over a century. Profits from the famed farm to table restaurant were donated to women’s and children’s charities. Chef Brown went on to positions at Simeon’s, in Ithaca, New York and The Griffin, a farm to table restaurant in the Murphy Art District in Arkansas before returning home to join the culinary team at the Inn as sous chef.
“I plan to simplify menus and focus on seasonality and quality of ingredients with a clean, uncluttered cooking style,” said Brown. “The ingredients should speak for themselves, with recipes that support the flavors they have to offer.”
Chef Brown will be teaming up with veteran Sea Glass Food and Beverage Director, Shayne Conlon. They intend to showcase local producers and seafood in both Sea Glass and through intimate dining experiences and events. In addition to planning menus with an emphasis on regional ingredients the culinary team is focused on providing a unique coastal experience for guests, whether dining in ocean view Sea Glass restaurant, the cozy fireplace lounge or pairing small plates with hand crafted cocktails on the outdoor decks around fire tables. Chef Brown’s seasonal menus will be complemented with pairings from the restaurant’s deep wine cellar of 350 labels and over 2,000 bottles and awarded Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence.
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