Spring food and recipes from celebrity chef Marc Murphy: Ramps, nettles and more

Chef Marc Murphy is well-known for his role on the Food Network show “Chopped,” but he’s also the owner and chef behind three popular New York City restaurants: Landmarc in the Time Warner Center, Ditch Plains and Kingside.

We met Murphy and his Chef de Cuisine at Kingside Steve Eakins at the Union Square Greenmarket on April 18. Spring produce was just starting to appear. (Ramps, too.)

“Seasonality is everything,” said Murphy. “When I started cooking in New York, Americans were so used to having anything and everything [when they wanted it]. The needle is going the other way.”

Here’s what we found at the market, and Murphy’s ideas for how to use them in dishes at home: