Chef Nicole Roarke

Executive Chef Nicole Roarke is the Executive Chef at Heneghan’s Tavern in Point Lookout, NY. She is a honors graduate of the prestigious French Culinary Institute, where the famous Master Chef Jacque Pepin resides as Dean. Chef Nicole’s food is as passionate and well-rounded as her professional career. Having succeeded in every position in both restaurants and hotels from waitress to the Banquet Manager, from Line Cook to the Executive Sous Chef, Chef Nicole continues to climb the culinary ladder.

Joan Starkey of the New York Times describes Nicoles food as not typical pub grub, saying: “The dishes are well-prepared American standards, all with interesting accompaniments”. Starkey goes on to say: “Soups are the stars of the appetizer roster. The New England clam chowder was rich, creamy and loaded with fresh-tasting ingredients: abundant clams, slices of red bliss potatoes, celery and corn”.

Chef Nicole may be seen regularly on Rob Petrone’s Restaurant Hunter on FIOS 1 television where she has appeared numerous times. In 2104, Nicole also appeared on the Food Network series “American Diner Revival.” In February, 2016 Chef Nicole appeared on Beat Booby Flay: Season 7, Episode 5 — “A Feather in Your Cap.”

My Favorite Burger: Chef Nicole Roarke

Prep Time: 8 mins
Cook Time: 6-9 mins
Yields: One Great Burger


  • 1 Egg
  • Teaspoon Mustard (regular or Dijon)
  • Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • Small Onion, finely grated
  • Clove Garlic, minced
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt


  1. Lightly oil grill& heat BBQ to medium.
  2. Bake rice with water and vinegar until all liquid is absorbed
  3. Whisk egg in a bowl& add next 6 ingredients.
  4. Gently shape (don’t firmly press) mixture into burgers about ¾ inch thick.
  5. Don't abuse your burgers by pressing with a spatula, pricking with a fork or turning frequently as precious juices will be lost!

Additional Info

Perfectly seasoned patty, soft bun, fresh cheese, great toppings, and great beers at Heneghan's Tavern bar to pair. The burger tastes like someone’s grandfather made it for you, in the best possible way.


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