The Maine Dish
Michele Ragussis, ‘Food Network Star’ Finalist, Hits Maine’s ‘Harvest On The Harbor’ In Portland
via The Huffington Post
Make no mistake: Michele Ragussis absolutely adores New England.
The Food Network favorite, who calls Brooklyn home, has only recently returned to New York after spending her first summer up in Maine, where she serves as a resident chef at The Pearl on the Pier in the popular seaside hamlet of Rockland. It’s an unseasonably warm, sunny October afternoon in the city, but Ragussis says she’s already counting down the days until her forthcoming Maine venture.
“It’s just one of those places that makes you feel good in your soul,” Ragussis says with a sigh. “Food Network Star” fans may recall that Ragussis, who served on Bobby Flay’s team on the hit show, emphasized New England cuisine throughout her tenure, and it’s clear her infectious enthusiasm for both the region and its food scene hasn’t faded since then: “There’s something about the cities and the towns up there…I’m pretty lucky to be able to go back and forth.”