Jeff's Kitchen

“At Hayground, the 3 Rs can sometimes stand for recipe, roast and roux, since one of our most innovative features is Jeff’s Kitchen,” explains Marcelle Langedal, the school’s faculty coordinator.

Says Nick & Toni’s Toni Ross, who was also the late Salaway’s wife, “Jeff believed that the growing, preparation and sharing of food is a primal human experience and the foundation of family and community.” The professional kitchen/classroom supported by a science lab, garden and greenhouse, was being planned by Salaway just prior to his tragic death in 2001. Thanks to the first Great Chefs Dinner, organized in 2003 by event founder Lizz Salaway, (Jeff’s sister), several of his culinary celebrity friends and many volunteers, more than $300,000 was raised to make the freestanding building on the sprawling Hayground campus a reality.

Jeff’s Kitchen is a full-service professional kitchen and classroom fitted with top-of-the-line Viking appliances; classes in nutrition, food science and cooking are held there for both children and adults. Completing the facility, recently a professional Farmtek greenhouse was erected by Hayground students, staff and friends with funds provided by Slow Food.

Funds from Hayground School’s Chefs’ Dinners have supported these culinary programs as well as being used to support the overall curriculum of Hayground School and to allow the school to be even more readily available to the diverse spectrum of East End children. To date, almost one million dollars has been raised to support Jeff’s Kitchen’s programs and the Hayground School itself.

For information about sponsorships and tickets for the Great Chefs Dinner in support of Jeff’s Kitchen and the Hayground School please contact our event coordinator Nanao Anton at or by phone 631-537-7068 ext 113.