Jay Lippin, an early proponent of the farm-to-table movement, has left Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua, where he was executive chef.
The fine dining restaurant has many influential fans including Bill and Hillary Clinton, who live nearby.
Lippin, who served in that position two times — first from 1991 to 1993 and then again, starting in 2013 — is now the executive chef at Baron’s Cove, a four-star hotel in Sag Harbor. It was under his tenure in 1991 that the restaurant received its first 3 star review from The New York Times.
“To be the executive chef at Crabtree’s Kittle House is a special opportunity for any chef but to be the chef twice is truly a blessing,” Lippin told The Journal News/lohud. “To be able to work with John Crabtree as well as the farmers and artisans in the Hudson Valley has been a rare opportunity.
“It gave me the chance to grow as a chef and a person.”
Under his biography on the restaurant’s website — it hasn’t been removed yet — Lippin is credited as a farm to table pioneer for his early involvement in multiple organizations that support sustainable, humane food practices in the Hudson Valley and beyond. He was also known for workings with dozens of small farmers throughout the Hudson Valley in order to help advance the cause of local, slow food.
Crabtree’s Kittle House has not yet released the name of its new chef.