Devin Mills named in Best Chefs in America

By Jay Braman Jr.
They’re pretty excited this week over at the Peekamoose Restaurant in Big Indian.
Owner/chef Devin Mills has been named as one of the country’s top culinary talents in the first ever edition of Best Chefs America, a sleek coffee table book featuring hundreds of pages of information on those stand outs in kitchens from coast to coast.
“This is such a nice surprise to have been nominated and selected.” Mills said upon hearing the news. “I consider myself fortunate to have worked with some of the best chefs in the country, and now get to live in a region where I grew up, close to the very source of our ingredients”.
Almost a decade ago Mills, and his wife Marybeth, said goodbye to working in Manhattan’s finest eateries, including the famed Gramercy Tavern and the renown French four-star, Le Bernadin, and set up shop in Big Indian.
Their Peekamoose Restaurant recently earned the coveted, Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor for 2013 and has become a must visit for throngs of tourists and locals in the region.

Celebrity gig
Last year the Mills found themselves smack dab in the middle of kitchen heaven when they joined the team of celebrity chefs to cook for the hundreds of thousands that attended House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year event at Rockefeller Center.

Before that a film crew from the Cooking Channel ventured to the Peekamoose, to film the art of outdoor cookery. They followed Mills, who left the comforts of his professional kitchen for a day in the chilly Esopus Creek, to give them a real taste of Catskills’ cuisine. To watch a video of Devin’s segment, visit www.gocatskills.com.

As for the Best Chefs America book, company spokeswomen Elizabeth Fishburne said Mills was chosen after analysts conducted more than 5,000 confidential telephone interviews with chefs who were nominated by other chefs, culinary professionals and food enthusiasts across the country. The interviews consisted of a series of proprietary questions, and software was used to aggregate the data. Chefs earning the highest scores among their peers in their region were included in the guide.

“The process dictated that only chefs who received the requisite number of mentions by fellow chefs made it into the book,” Fishburne said. “The results were compiled into a 386-page coffee table book, with chef listings broken down both geographically and alphabetically.”
The Peekamoose is located on Route 28 in Big Indian. For more information call 254-6500.