Matt Murphy is new chef at Ram’s Head Inn

The Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

The Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island.
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

The Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island has announced that Matt Murphy will assume Executive Chef duties for the upcoming 2017 season. He takes over the duties from former Executive Chef Joe Smith who worked for many years at the Ram’s Head Inn. Owners James and Linda Eklund wish Smith the very best as he embarks on a new venture.

Murphy brings to the Ram’s Head Inn a wealth of fine dining experience after holding sous chef positions at the Ritz Carlton, the Rainbow Room, and The Russian Tea Room, and executive chef positions at A.R.OC., Broadway Grill, and the famed La Colombe D’or. Murphy learned much of his art de cuisine while traveling in Europe and living in Italy.

After settling on Long Island, Murphy opened Antares Café in Greenport which was named one of the 10 best restaurants on Long Island by USA Today. Murphy also opened The Kitchen at Greenport, and held the position of head chef at the Jedidiah Hawkins Inn.

Most recently, Murphy’s resume includes executive chef positions at the Melrose Hotel in Washington D.C., and the Centerport Yacht Club. He has made multiple appearances at the James Beard House, and was inducted into the Chef 2000 Group in 1996.

Chef Murphy has revamped the Ram’s Head Inn’s brunch, lunch, and dinner menus, showcasing locally sourced seafood, produce, and game. As is tradition at the Ram’s Head Inn, dishes will feature herbs, fruits, and vegetables plucked from the Ram’s Head own gardens, located steps from the kitchen door.

He has also created several new items for the bar menu for Ram’s Head’s cocktail and music lounge, Harbor Hall, to complement bar manager Harry Brigham’s inventive and seasonal cocktail menu.

“Matt will complete the full fine dining/farm-to-table experience that we have provided our guests since the early 90’s,” said Linda Eklund. “His passion for food and knowledge of the abundance of ‘local delicacies’ make him the perfect fit for the Ram’s Head.”

The Ram’s Head Inn reopens for the season on April 14, 2017. Guests may choose to eat indoors in the spacious main dining room, at a bar room table in Harbor Hall, or, weather permitting, dine al fresco at one of the Inn’s many tables overlooking Coecles Harbor.

For information, please visit For reservations, please call (631) 749-0811.