Chef Matt Woods
A native of Southwest Missouri, Matt discovered his passion for cooking while spending time on family farms, watching his Mother and Grandmothers in their kitchens. This was true farm-to-table cooking in full practice, where the foods prepared were often a direct reflection of what the gardens were yielding. Sunday meals brought everyone together and created happiness. Later, these ideas would take shape in Matt's culinary pursuits, as he often found himself working in professional kitchens while enrolled at Ohio State University. Years later, Matt studied Culinary Sciences in Kansas City' at Art Institute International.
While attending the Art Institute, Matt caught what he refers to as his "big break". He was offered the position of Executive Chef to study under, and operate restaurants for celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez. Working for Chef Aaron allowed the opportunities of learning from and working with Chefs Cat Cora, Mario Batali, John Besh, Jonathan Waxman, and Emeril Lagasse. He has cooked in many different regions along his journey, picking up local flavor and techniques.
We invite you to enjoy dishes that celebrate Chef Matt's upbringing, travels, and classical training. These dishes are designed to bring us together, in the spirit of Sunday Dinners and Family.