Sam Talbot is known for many things — his stint on "Top Chef," his friendship with Kelly Bensimon, his work at Montauk's Surf Lodge — but his artwork is not generally at the top of that list. Until, perhaps, now. The chef, who is opening a restaurant in the new Mondrian Hotel in SoHo in February, showed off some of his nautical-themed paintings over the weekend at an intimate dinner during Art Basel Miami Beach.
Talbot hosted a preview of his upcoming Imperial No. 9 Saturday night at Miami's Mondrian Hotel. The menu — modeled on Imperial No. 9's concept of sustainable seafood — included fried oysters with chow chow and crispy ham, seared toro and braised pork belly on stecca with a dashi broth, lemon king crab a la plancha with sweet and sour butter and crispy garlic chips and a four-hour octopus with chilies, soy and lime. Talbot also served vegetable selections — including a confit of beets with lemon, thyme and fresh ginger and scrambled corn with a poached egg, comte, coffee and maple jus — as well as crispy lamb belly and braised lamb rillette with ratatouille and crispy toast.
The dinner was co-hosted alongside photographer Poppy de Villeneuve — whose photos were displayed alongside Talbot's artwork — and Art + Culture Editions, a new web platform that sells limited edition prints and original artwork as low as $50 in an effort to make great art accessible to wider audiences. Talbot's work will be sold on Art + Culture Editions, which also sells work from artists including Nick Cave, Eric Fischl and Micah and Whitney Stansell.
See photos from the dinner, Talbot's paintings and de Villeneuve's photographs below.
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The Mondrian Hotel, a Morgans Hotel Group property, opens at 9 Crosby Street (between Grand and Hester Streets) in February.