How Chefs Celebrate Father's Day

Eight traditions to start to honor the fatherly figures in your life this year
Baking with dad

Baking with dad

From picking you up when you fell to countless hours spent pitching balls at the baseball diamond, dad has always been there for you. So how are you honoring him this Father's Day?

Maybe you’ve celebrated dad in past years by heading out for a hike (with a picnic lunch) or by giving your kids their first proper grilling tutorial. This year, make this Father’s Day different by starting a new tradition. And who better to inspire you than eight talented chefs — sons and/or fathers themselves — from around the country. From making your own “horrible drinks” to a pancake breakfast fiesta, find a tradition that appeals to you and give it a try.

Do you have a long-standing Father's Day tradition? Share it with us, below!


1. Glenn Harris, co-owner and executive chef at The Smith and Jane in New York City 

"Every year on Father’s Day, my son Max and I start the day off with bagels and smoked fish from Zucker's, then we go fishing (we keep our boat in Brooklyn). On the way back to the city, we stop for raw clams in Sheepshead Bay. We cook what fish we catch (usually striped bass) and we end the day watching the movie Big Daddy."  

Tradition to Start: If dad loves to fish, pack a lunch and head out on the boat. When you return at the end of the day, serve him his favorite rum drink then together prepare a grill feast for the family with fish tacos, figs, and vegetables.


2. Jacob Sessom, chef/owner at Table in Asheville, N.C. 

"I have two kids at home, sons ages 11 and 13. Every year, they leave for summer camp on Father’s Day, so we actually celebrate the Saturday of the weekend before. We fly down to Atlanta (Ga.) for the weekend and go to Restaurant Eugene for the tasting menu. One of my kids loves food, so he greatly enjoys it. The other not so much — he’s more of a pizza and watching movies at home kind of guy. When I'm home with the boys, though, I'd rather not cook with them since I spend so much time doing it at the restaurant. But we’ve been known to stand over cast-iron skillets, competing to see who can eat the most hot sauce-topped fried eggs. They’ll sometimes cook for me, too — their specialty is scrambled eggs."

Tradition to start: It’s the kids’ turn to rule the kitchen. Serve dad a plate of scrambled eggs or pancakes for breakfast (with help from mom or another adult, if they’re young), or prepare his favorite ham and Swiss sandwich for lunch. What you choose can be as simple or as complex as you’d like.