Employee Spotlight: Executive Chef Colin Coyle

As Colin Coyle begins his first season with us as Executive Chef of Dunes, we sat down to chat with him about his career and his experience on the island. 

Question: What’s Your Personal Background?

Answer: My dad was an Executive Chef at a country club in Florida. I started working in his kitchen when I was 12 years old. I worked for him for many years and then I branched out on my own at a number of other Golf Clubs. Prior to coming to the Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Martha’s Vineyard, I was working at the Red Cat Kitchen in Edgartown. I’m now the Executive Chef at The Dunes restaurant at the Winnetu.

Question: What’s Your Favorite Thing About the Winnetu?

Answer: I love the freedom to explore new menu ideas. Mark and Gwenn Snider (the owners) have created a wonderful property here that feels homey but at the same time, is sophisticated. I’m looking forward to creating dishes that fit that vibe.

Question: What is Your Favorite Island Spot?

Answer: I love going to the local farms here on the Vineyard – Morning Glory Farm, North Tabor Farm, and all the others. I really enjoy selecting all my own produce, grown by the great people here, and creating dishes with the fresh ingredients.

Question: What Do You Like to Do in Your Spare Time?

Answer: I really like going to the Peaked Hills’ Trails, South Beach in Katama, and Great Rock.

Question: What Do You LIke to Eat at Home?

Answer: Well, this week I’ve been eating a lot of grilled lemon truffle chicken and gnocchi.

Question: Do You Have a Recipe That You Can Share With Us?

Answer: Well, I can share this one with you…

Puree a whole lemon (peel and all) with rosemary, garlic, and olive oil. Marinate a boneless chicken breast in this puree overnight. Grill the chicken, sautee garlic, shallots, rosemary, parsley, and thyme. Add the grilled chicken, some white wine, chicken broth, and butter. Also add gnocchi, salt and pepper.

Question: Can you give us a sneak peek into a new recipe that you’re cooking up for us this year?

Answer: I’m working on a charred quail dish with figs, brussels sprouts, and applewood smoked bacon – together with a citrus relish.

That sounds delicious, Chef. We can’t wait to sample your creation!

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A wintery dispatch from Katama via @lucycuneo. It’s cold on Martha’s Vineyard, but warm memories are on our mind. Tag us in a photo you took at Winnetu this summer!

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Valentines Day is in two days, which means you’ve still got two days to give the gift of Martha’s Vineyard with a Winnetu gift card. Seems like a win-win for the giver and receiver, right? Tap the link in our bio for details 📸: @rosemary.tufankjian ...

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Off-season dispatch from @lucycuneo

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A very merry Christmas from Martha’s Vineyard! 📸: @saltedmv

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All is calm and all is bright on-island 📸: @luke_diorio_photography
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Loved finishing off our season with this intimate wedding ceremony in the Winnetu library. Congrats to these two 📸: @winnetuweddings
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There are still perfect fall Vineyard days ahead- savor them while they’re still here. Tap the link in our bio to learn about what we’re offering in the final days of our season 📸: @luolivile
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Golden season is all around us in Katama 📸: @caitlinhoustonblog
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Stop by The Dunes this week and soak up the season’s flavors from exec. Chef Colin Coyle’s fall menu. Tues - Sat. (and, weather pending, the deck and it’s glorious views is still open!)
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Spectacular autumn nights are on the way. Savor the season on the @thedunesmv’s deck, Tues - Sat 📸: @bygeorgiagrace
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