T.R. Pescod Reflects on Humble Hamptons Beginnings

Learn how a local boy got a taste for the good life.
A man in a blue shirt takes a selfie in front of a nautical exterior with a blue swordfish painted on the top.

Photography by James Salomon

T.R. Pescod says “I grew up in Westhampton and as a kid spent all my summers at the Swordfish Beach Club. When I was 15, I worked at a restaurant called Club Pierre, then the hottest place in town. I was made garde manger and worked the line till 3:00 a.m. most weekends. My passion for food started here, and I lasted for two more summers before I decided I needed to get out of the kitchen and onto the floor—my attention-seeking Leo self needed to be seen, LOL! And then the following summer I walked into Barefoot Contessa and asked for a job. Ina [Garten] hired me on the spot, and made me co-manager by midsummer. I worked for Ina for four more seasons. My roots in the Hamptons are deep-seated, and they’ve shaped much of who I am today.”

The print version of this article appeared with the headline: Home Front.