Two New York Metropolis cooks head to coastal New England this April and one in every of them isn’t coming again to the Massive Apple.
Chef Mathew Woolf is buying and selling within the cityscape views of Rockefeller Middle’s legendary Rainbow Room for a spot by the ocean, as he takes over the kitchen on the celebrated White Barn Inn (Room charges from: $500 per night time), Auberge Resorts Assortment in Kennebunk on Maine’s southern coast.
He’s additionally invited his pal, chef Ryan Hardy, to move north to showcase dishes from his acclaimed Soho-set, Italian-themed restaurant Charlie Chook for a culinary weekender, April 22 to 24.
“Charlie Chook at White Barn Inn” is a part of Auberge Resorts Assortment’s “Style of Auberge” sequence of chef partnerships and restaurant pop-ups at its properties all through 2022.
“We shall be cooking collectively,” mentioned Woolf, talking to The Submit simply days earlier than beginning his new job. “There’s a pasta-making and wine-tasting class; and we’ll do a Manhattan-style Sunday brunch. Me and Ryan have performed occasions collectively earlier than. It is going to be good to have a pleasant acquainted face,” he added. “It’s going to assist me settle in a bit.”
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Woolf’s itinerant profession has dragged him between the enduring Nineteenth-century, luxurious resort Claridge’s in his native England to Chicago after which Los Angeles, earlier than in the end touchdown on the Rainbow Room. Now, he’s desperate to deliver his cooking to the White Barn’s legendary major eating room and its Little Barn.
“Little Barn is extra of a refined rustic type. Extra relaxed. The principle eating room would be the high-quality eating the White Barn is understood for,” he mentioned.
Lined with uncooked wooden and rustic antiques, the eating room is an actual two-story barn moved to adjoin the 1800s farmhouse that initially made up the inn, which now additionally contains backyard cottages and close by riverside cottages.
In complete, there are simply 26 rooms and suites.
Woolf’s arrival comes on the tail finish of a large, property large renovation, that switched visitor rooms from a traditional, elegant design to a extra textured wealthy rustic-chic look of raffia, wooden, and wicker furnishings.
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“That is a tremendous property with a prestigious heritage,” agreed Woolf. “I hope to construct on this unbelievable basis and convey my aptitude.”
A giant a part of his aptitude is fish, he mentioned: “After I began I used to be on the fish line at Claridge’s. so New England seafood dishes shall be a spotlight right here, however I wish to work on expressing them in numerous methods. I like to cook dinner fish. I’ve already began speaking to a neighborhood kelp farmer, and a mussel farmer. I wish to discover much more and get artistic with it.”
He’ll even be bringing the plant ahead beliefs he picked up in California.
“Within the UK, dishes are based mostly round a protein, whereas in California it was extra about produce,” he mentioned. “I wish to base my dishes round greens which might be in season and construct out from there.”
The ritzy communities of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport — identified for Walker’s Level Property (the Bush household compound) and familiarly often called the Kennebunks — lie on both sides of the Kennebunk River, which meanders into the Atlantic.
It’s an space and life-style that Woolf, who hails from a coastal British city in Essex, a county east of London, is aware of properly.
“I’ve vacationed there for a number of summers and eaten on the restaurant each time,” he recalled. “For me, it’s a house away from house.”
However Woolf will miss his spunky staff of pals on the Rainbow Room, he mentioned.
“After eight years, [leaving my team is] the saddest factor about transferring. However I really feel like I’m going again to my roots.”