Star Kitchen: Marc Murphy's Beach Home
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Marc Murphy’s entertaining style is straight out of Italy. The Chopped judge was born in Milan, then lived in Genoa and Rome in his teens when he was honing his cooking skills. To this day, his time there influences how he preps and enjoys meals: He keeps the ingredients simple — and the guest list wide open. “I’m usually cooking for 20 to 30 people,” he says. “But it’s easy to cook for a big group when you let the ingredients speak for themselves.” He also has a kitchen built for the task. When he and his wife, Pam, designed this space in their Bridgehampton, NY, home, they included an oversize island for serious storage and a hidden pantry for extra equipment. Marc and Pam are famous for their welcoming, laid-back style, and this house has become their friends’ favorite place to be on summer weekends in the Hamptons. Of course, most people end up right here in the kitchen instead of in the big comfortable living room just a few feet away. “This is where the party happens,” Pam says.
Photography by Steve Giralt