06/07/17 10:11am

Matt Murphy at the Ram’s Head Inn. (Credit: Annette Hinkle)

The restaurant at the Ram’s Head Inn is up and running for the season, and manning the kitchen is a new executive chef, Matt Murphy, who owned Antares Café in Greenport from 2000 to 2010.

Murphy is a born chef. At the age of 14, he got his first restaurant job and by 19, he was running a restaurant in Syosset. But as a chef, Murphy notes he really cut his teeth, so to speak, while working at La Colombe d’Or in New York City. He also spent time learning technique in Europe where he cooked both in Paris and in Tuscany.

These days, he’s happy to settle into the pastoral environment at the Ram’s Head Inn where he knows he has access to the freshest ingredients available. In a recent interview, Murphy reflected on how both the business of food — and the customers who eat it — have changed over the decades he’s been in the business.

“I think people have an enormous amount of knowledge compared to previous times,” says Murphy. “With so many TV shows about food, unfortunately, people think they’re experts. But the good thing is, they get it.” (more…)

02/20/17 3:13pm
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. (more…)