Matthew’s culinary career began in 1998 when he opened his first restaurant in Oklahoma. Since then, Matthew has traveled and studied Culinary Arts overseas and throughout the United States. In addition to pursuing his culinary passions, he has also been catering since 2000. Matthew has had the honor of catering for government officials, city officials, and many other high-end individuals.
It’s no surprise then that Matthew has also spent time being a Private Chef for celebrities and athletes. In 2010, while still attending culinary school, he opened a BBQ restaurant in Long Beach with great reviews that he eventually sold later on. He became an American Culinary Federation member in 2010, and has completed several volunteer events with the ACF.
Matthew has won numerous cooking events during his time as a Chef. He’s won BBQ awards, Cajun/Creole awards, and several other awards to date. His overseas experience is powerfully displayed in his finished culinary works. While working for the Hyatt Regency, he ran several of their 5-star restaurants including a Teppanyaki restaurant, Italian restaurant, Japanese restaurant, and even their Las Vegas style buffet restaurant. Matthew is well versed in butchery, training, and menu planning.
After returning home from overseas in early 2016, Matthew formed Ganja Eats: a cannabis-infused food company. Ganja Eats infuses several products for at-home cooking and also caters to a high-end clientele in the cannabis community. Matthew has put his years of experience, travels, and knowledge of several infusion methods to good use with Ganja Eats. Matthew has also gathered other great Chefs he admires and brought them aboard at Ganja Eats. This way, Matthew says, they have every style of cuisine covered with Ganja Eats.
Additionally, Matthew also started a Cannabis Entertainment Company called Canna Entertainment, and presently sits on the board of an Autism Foundation called GMAC, where they raise money for children with autism. Currently, Matthew is studying for his latest ACF certification for Personal Certified Chef (PCC) and Certified Chef De Cuisine (CCC) in 2017.