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Culinary Director – Chef Bernie Matz

Bernie Matz (of Bodega notoriety) has joined on as the Culinary Director of Bakehouse. Already overseeing all Menin Hospitalitys food and beverage outlets, Chef Bernie brings a unique flair and his passion for cooking to Bakehouse. Chef Bernie developed his love for cooking at a young age in his mother’s kitchen, playing with pots and pans instead of toys.

Now a staple in the Miami culinary scene, Chef Bernie originally attended the University of Florida and graduated with his MBA in Finance in 1984. Still consumed by his passion for food he opened his first restaurant, Wet Paint Café, on Lincoln Road in 1986 when he was only 24. It was at Wet Paint Café where Bernie and Chef Doug Rodriguez developed what was to become a signature style of cuisine called “Nuevo Latino” or New Miami American Cuisine. 

After his venture in the Miami scene, Chef Bernie worked in New York before honing his culinary abilities at Johnson & Wales culinary school. 

When Chef Bernie is outside the kitchen he can be found relaxing in the place he calls home, Palm City, FL.  

More about Bernie Matz

What is your ultimate comfort food?A slice of plain cheese pizza topped with a Caeser salad with anchoviesIf you weren't a chef, what would you be?Nutritionist/Yoga instructorWhat three things are always in your pantry?**Heinz Ketchup, Hellman's Mayo, Dijon MustardIf you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?Anthony Bourdain