Bernie Matz

Chef Matz is the Culinary Director of Bodega Taqueria.

Chef Bernie developed his love for cooking at a young age in his mother’s kitchen, playing with pots and pans instead of toys. After graduating from the University of Florida with his MBA in Finance in 1984 and still consumed by his passion for food, Chef Bernie opened his first...

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Chef Matz is the Culinary Director of Bodega Taqueria.

Chef Bernie developed his love for cooking at a young age in his mother’s kitchen, playing with pots and pans instead of toys. After graduating from the University of Florida with his MBA in Finance in 1984 and still consumed by his passion for food, Chef Bernie opened his first restaurant, Wet Paint Café, on Lincoln Road in 1986 when he was only 24 years old. It was at Wet Paint Café where Chef 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 first venture in the Miami scene with Wet Paint Café, Chef Bernie worked in New York before honing his culinary abilities at Johnson & Wales culinary school. Prior to joining Menin Hospitality, you could see Chef Bernie at The Café at Books & Books and Bernie’s LA Café.

A staple in the Miami culinary scene and a connoisseur of tacos, when Chef Bernie is outside the kitchen, he can be found relaxing in the place he calls home, Palm City, FL.

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