Scott Leventhal is the new chef at First & South

Scott Leventhal and Sarah Phillips at First and South restaurant in Greenport on Thursday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Scott Leventhal and Sarah Phillips at First and South restaurant in Greenport on Thursday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Scott Leventhal’s culinary career might never have begun were it not for a fortuitous bit of eavesdropping on Fire Island in 2006. Leventhal, then a college student with no professional kitchen experience who was looking for a summer gig, overhead the owners of Fire Island’s Houser’s restaurant, bar and hotel say they would be without a chef for the first few weeks of the season.“I was like, ‘I’ll do it,'” said Leventhal, 29, who recently took over the reins in the kitchen at First and South restaurant in Greenport. “I jumped in there. I didn’t know anything. I got a quick tutelage in opening clams and making salads.” He went on to French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center) and has spent every summer since working in the kitchen at Fire Island’s Island Mermaid. Read the full story on northforker.com

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