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Matthew hails from Michigan where he began his culinary career. He was mentored by James Beard Chef Jimmy Schmidt at The Rattle Snake Club in Detroit. Under Jimmy Schmidt he earned Sous Chef at the age of 20. Matthew is an A.P. graduate of The New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. After working as a summer guest Chef at the 4 Mobil Star Tapawingo in Ellsworth Michigan he traveled to Seattle and Oregon. Matthew moved to Key West in 1999 to become the Executive Sous Chef of The Westin Resort and Marina and later took helm as Executive Chef of the 4 Diamond Pier House Resort and Spa. At the Pier House “One Duval” received consecutive 4 Diamond Awards and the Golden Spoon Award for best new restaurant in Florida. He also held the Executive Chef position at the 4 Mobil Star La Vieille Maison in Boca Raton being the only American Chef to ever do so. Currently Matthew is the Executive Chef at the 4 Diamond National Hotel South Beach.

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What is your ultimate comfort food?: French American Cuisine If you weren't a chef, what would you be?: A Chef What three things are always in your pantry?: Fresh products, glass of good wine, sense of humor If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?: Cook again with my Mom and my grandma together in the same kitchen