Matt grew up in rural Ontario, surrounded by a bounty of locally grown food, before farm-to-table was cool. Inspired by his French Canadian roots and the comfort food that filled his childhood memories, he knew at an early age that the kitchen was his calling. He completed Chef Training at George Brown College in Toronto and was hooked on the big city and it’s dining scene.
His first culinary job was with Canoe and Biff’s Bistro and he credits his early years with the Oliver Bonicini Group with increasing his awareness of local food and wine. Matt has completed stints at renowned restaurants LeSelect Bistro, Enoteca Sociale and Parts & Labour, where he grew creatively and honed his love for Canadian-inspired comfort food.
Yearning for a simpler life, Matt decided to move to Prince Edward County with his small family. Having grown up in the region, he helped to put Wellington on the food map as chef at PEC restaurants East & Main and Pomodoro. In the late summer of 2014 he opened the widely acclaimed Drake Devonshire Inn, named one of Canada’s Best Restaurants, 2016.
In 2017 he launched an in-house interactive dining program that brings the best of Prince Edward County into your home. Matt is the host of CBC’s digital food series, All Things Food, exploring the stories, philosophies and creators of the most delicious food in Canada.