By Scott Feldman | August 4, 2016 | Food & Drink
It takes two to tango, and chef Gabriele Corcos and actress Debi Mazar know how to dance.
They fell in love over a plate of spaghetti, and now Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar host the Cooking Channel series Extra Virgin.
It’s a family affair for the dynamic food duo Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar, and this summer is about fresh ingredients and time at the table with friends and family under the Hamptons sun.
What is your favorite thing about the Hamptons?
Debi Mazar: We like the Hamptons a lot because it evokes the quaintness of some Italian villages. The farm-fresh food, the quaint architecture, and the ocean breeze are energizing and unique.
Gabriele Corcos: I was the executive chef at the Montauk Yacht Club a few years back and I absolutely loved the experience of sourcing local fresh fish and cooking for clients at the hotel and marina. I even went out a few times to fish for my own striped bass for my menu special. People are super friendly and always in a good mood. I cannot wait to be back.
Where would we find you during the summer out East?
DM: You can catch us playing on sand dunes in the morning, chilling somewhere in the shade after a light lunch, hitting friends’ pools in the afternoon, and strolling for art and antiques in the afternoon. Mostly cooking in the evening, as part of summer vacation also means avoiding lines at restaurants!
Penne alla puttanesca - one of the couple's signature meals.
Romance and food go hand in hand; was your relationship love at first bite?
GC: When I met Debi in Florence, in the hot, hot summer of 2001, it took me only a couple of days before I invited her to my home at the farm and cooked for her. A dish of spaghetti with fresh tomatoes and basil from the vegetable garden and a platter of prosciutto e melone were very instrumental in getting to her heart and stomach.
What is your favorite ingredient to cook with during summer?
GC: My go-to foods during summertime are grilled meats and fish, pasta, and fresh fruit.
We know who cooks, but who is better at doing the dishes?
GC: Debi is better at cleaning the stove and counter; I’m better at loading the dishwasher!
photography by ChuCk kaiton (portrait); EriC VitalE (dish)