Former local TV chef and Finger Lakes chef who competed on Food Network have new local ventures

Two area chefs who have experienced the bright lights of television are making their mark in new roles in the unfolding Finger Lakes culinary scene.

Dan Eaton, known for his ‘Cooking at Home’ segments on Time Warner Cable, has joined The Park Inn in Hammondsport as executive chef. Samantha Buyskes, who competed on the Food Network, is now the executive chef at the Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Geneva Lakefront Resort, on Seneca Lake in Geneva.

Eaton is a chef with a 20 year career in some of the region’s best restaurants. He started at the Daily Planet on South Clinton Avenue, and he worked up the ranks at high-end places like the Rochester Club, Restaurant 2Vine, Rio Bamba, Tonic, Pearl, Max Rochester and Rooney’s.

Meanwhile, Buyskes, who is a South Africa native became well-known in the Finger Lakes region for her restaurants Simply Red Bistro at La Tourelle Resort in Ithaca, followed by Sheldrake Point Vineyards in Ovid.

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