Jean-Luc! Madame Tong’s Scandal in the Hamptons A gypsy cab screeches to a halt in Midtown. The back door swings open and out steps a sweaty middle-aged man in a rumpled shirt who reaches out his hand. “Hi,” he says in a nasal New York accent. “I’m Jean Luc.” Plenty of people have heard of Jean Luc, the famed Hamptons restaurateur, but those who haven’t met him probably assume he is a suave Frenchman with a caramel St. Tropez tan, a designer wardrobe and a yacht tethered in the Hudson. But Jean Luc, owner of four of the most popular seasonal eateries on Long Island, is actually a balding, overweight, 43-year-old guy with no obvious sense of style and a heap of money trouble. Jean Luc, it turns out, never existed. His real name is Ed Kleefield. Read more Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.