David Burke, like a shark, is always on the move. The Jersey-born celebrity chef has had his share of ups and downs in recent years. He broke up, after a public squabble, with his former company and partnered with a new one. And he opened BLT Prime inside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., a high-profile move made even more controversial after the president’s immigration rhetoric prompted chef Jose Andres to abandon his plans to open a restaurant there. This season, Burke is back at the Jersey Shore and is now a partner with the Drifthouse Restaurant in Sea Bright (formerly Ama). The Drifthouse chef is Burke’s brother, Robert, and the menu features many Burke signatures, including maple bacon, salt-aged beef (Burke’s own patent), hipster fries and cheesecake pops. (The space has been updated; Burke, an art collector, has filled it with bright pieces. Burke also plans to open a restaurant in St. Louis this fall. Visit drifthousedb.com.
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