Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa has been joined by three new members to its food and beverage and events team — Robert Hamburg as executive chef, Kate Killoran as food and beverage director; and Lesley Blackburn as director of catering and conference services.
In his new role, Hamburg leads recipe and menu development across Gurney’s Montauk’s dining outlets, including Scarpetta Beach, Tillies and The Beach Club. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, spanning roles at renowned restaurants and private clubs, such as Sands Point Golf Club, City Winery’s Pier 57 flagship eatery and David Burke & Donatella. He also spent time studying East-Meets-West cuisine under Ming Tsai at Santacafe in Santa Fe.
Killoran oversees the day-to-day operation of the resort’s culinary and bar establishments and develops new and exciting concepts to elevate the food and beverage programs. She has more than two decades of experience in the food and beverage space and most recently served as the as the director of food and beverage at The Dewberry Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.
Additionally, Blackburn will be overseeing all event and wedding production at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, as well as Gurney’s Star Island. With extensive hospitality and wedding experience from her time at iconic establishments in New York City, including The Plaza Hotel, Cipriani and The Peninsula New York, she brings a wealth of knowledge to events and weddings at Gurney’s. Born and raised in England, Blackburn began her hospitality career gaining experience in both the Middle East and Australia before moving to New York City.
“Robert, Kate and Lesley join our team at a pivotal time, as we prepare for the 2021 summer season,” said George Filopoulos, owner of Gurney’s Resorts. “Together, their combined experience makes them indispensable additions to our teams as we continue to create unforgettable experiences for each and every one of our visitors.”
With six unique drinking and dining venues, Gurney’s Montauk, 290 Old Montauk Highway Montauk, offers an array of options from elegant seasonal cuisine at Scarpetta Beach to light bites at The Firepit and craft cocktails at The Regent Cocktail Club. For more information, visit gurneysresorts.com.