Executive Chef Matthew Rainey has traveled a bit in his career and has been gaining accolades across the country. In 2002, as the Executive Sous Chef of Washington DC’s Poste Modern Brasserie, they were awarded Best New Restaurant. 2004 brought Matthew to the Willard Room of the Intercontinental Hotel where they were awarded the Mobil Five-Star Award. Back home in Atlanta in 2005, while at the AAA Five Diamond Pano’s & Paul’s, they received the Silver Spoon Award for sterling performance. He has worked closely with friend and mentor Panos Karatassos, being instrumental in the opening of restaurants like Chops Lobster Bar in 2007 which is now the cornerstone of the Boca Raton dining scene. Also, opening Bistro Niko, a French bistro in Atlanta’s Historic Buckhead neighborhood. Matthew acted as a consulting chef in the 2013 opening of Ft. Lauderdale’s Lobster Bar and Sea Grille, voted “One of South Florida’s Best Restaurants” by Zagat. Most recently, while leading the charge at STK in Atlanta, he was voted Best New Chef of 2014 by
While Matthew shines in the Tampa Bay area, he is a genuine hometown guy who made his name cooking and sharing home cook-friendly recipes that draw on the flavors of his heritage of classic French cooking.