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Island to Table: Chachama Grill’s Elmer Rubio and his duck entrée

Elmer Rubio at Chachama Grill

Five top chefs from across Greater Patchogue will be participating in the six-course Island to Table outdoor dining experience in Patchogue Village on Sunday.

The chefs will be preparing food from the land or waters of Long Island for the fundraiser, which is being held at the New Village at Patchogue complex.

Click here to purchase tickets (scroll down after landing on the Patchogue.com website).

CHEF ELMER RUBIO

Chachama Grill

Position: chef/owner

Age: 45

Born: El Salvador

Lives: East Patchogue

Appetizer: Crostini with Smoked Duck Breast and Peach Chutney

Entrée: Pan Seared Long Island Fried Duck Ravioli, Sautéed Oyster Mushrooms, Kale and Demi Glace. The ingredients are from Crescent Farms, Davis Peach Farm, East End Mushroom Company and Satur Farms.

About the entrée (and cooking duck in general):

Chef Rubio, whose Chachama Grill is consistently ranked by Zagat as being among Long Island’s finest restaurants, insists duck isn’t hard to cook.

It’s all about achieving a nice medium-rare temperature for the breast, he says.

People do find it problematic cooking the whole bird, however, as they might do with a turkey on Thanksgiving.

That’s because the legs and breast need to be cooked to different temperatures.

He’ll be utilizing both parts of the Crescent Duck Farm ducks for his entrée, which involves using leg meat for the fried duck ravioli, and beautiful breast meat to lay on top of the plate.

related Island to Table coverage:

Renowned Crescent Duck to be served at Island to Table

About the author: Michael White

Michael White is a Bellport resident, longtime newspaper reporter and editor, and the owner of greaterpatchogue.com. Email him your story ideas or tips: mike@greaterpatchogue.com