UPDATED: South Fork Chef Drowns in Southampton Village

Keith S. Greene, 35, of Hampton Bays was found at Wyandanch Lane Beach.

A 35-year-old Hampton Bays man who apparently drowned was found at in Southampton Village on Wednesday morning.

According to , a father and daughter walking on the beach at 11:11 a.m. spotted the victim, later identified as Keith S. Greene, and called 911.

Police said members of and along with four lifeguards from the attempted CPR.

“They started life saving measures once they pulled him out of the water and continued until they got to the hospital," Det. Sgt. Herman Lamison said.

Greene was pronounced dead at 11:53 a.m. at .

Based on when Greene left his home in the morning, Lamison said he could have entered the water anywhere between 7:45 and 10:50 a.m.  Between about 9 and 9:45 a.m., there was heavy rain in Southampton, he noted.

As events were unfolding, Lamison said, village police learned that Greene's wife had reported him missing to Southampton Town police after he did not show up for work.

Lamison said Greene's vehicle was found parked in the lot — Old Town and Wyandanch are about 1,000 feet apart.

Known as "Kgrease," Greene grew up above his family's restaurant, BK's Southampton Restaurant and Saloon. He worked as a chef and bartender throughout the South Fork, including at Canyon Road, , 75 Main, and JL East and The Black Buoy. He also worked at various restaurants in Miami and the Caribbean during the off-season.

Most recently, he has been the head chef at in North Sea and in Southampton Village.


He also appeared on Fox's reality cooking show "Hell's Kitchen" and on NBC. After his debut on "Hell's Kitchen," Greene created his own cooking sauce, selling it locally and on a website, Kgrease.com.

Police are still investigating the incident and anyone with information is urged to call 631-283-0056.

Editor's Note: This story was updated Thursday morning with additional details from police.

Oliver Peterson August 15, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Wow, I'm so saddened to read this. My prayers go out to Keith's family.
Howard H August 15, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Very sad - seems strange that he didn't notify anyone where he was going? Was there an undercurrent at the time of his swim? Lots of questions this article doesn't say about the weather conditions. Seems like an investigation should be underway considering he was a young person.
Elizabeth Clarke August 16, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Keith was heading to work, but stopped by for a quick swim. There will be an autopsy done.
Brendan J. O'Reilly August 16, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Visitations and funeral times have been announced: http://patch.com/A-wYXh
Tracy C August 19, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Their is an investigation. And as stated we did have severe rains around the time Keith may have been swimming. Prayers to family n friends. Community is heart broken!


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