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It's Not Just A Meal, It’s Mattison’s!

Chef Paul Mattison, executive chef and proprietor of Mattison’s, operates a successful culinary group on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Located in Sarasota, each Mattison’s restaurant location is unique to its neighborhood, offering Chef Paul Mattison’s signature menu items, outstanding service, and quality ingredients, while supporting the community, regional farmers, and culinary suppliers. Mattison’s Catering is a chef-owned and operated company procuring fresh, natural, and local ingredients. Catering In-house and off-site, Mattison’s Catering Company offers certified wedding and event planners, experienced professionals, and custom menus.

Mattison grew up in upstate New York cooking, gardening and being inspired by his Italian grandmother. He began his culinary career at age 15 at Symeon’s Greek restaurant, whose owner encouraged him to follow the dream. Upon graduating with honors from The Culinary Institute of America, Mattison went to Aspen CO to ski, and refine his skills at the Zagat celebrated Pinon’s restaurant. In 1991, Mattison relocated to Sarasota as the executive chef and proprietor of the Summerhouse Restaurant on Siesta Key, establishing him as a celebrated local chef.

In 1991, Chef Paul Mattison relocated to Sarasota, Florida as the executive chef and proprietor of the Summerhouse Restaurant on Siesta Key, which quickly became a local treasure and institution, establishing Chef Paul Mattison as a celebrated local chef. In September 2001, Chef Paul Mattison and Jason Sango created the Mattison’s concept which includes: Mattison’s Catering Company, a full service in-house and off-site catering company; Mattison’s City Grille, an award-winning al fresco restaurant in downtown Sarasota; Mattison’s Forty-One, a highly acclaimed local restaurant boasting casual elegance in South Sarasota; Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille in Downtown Bradenton near the Bradenton Riverwalk; Mattison’s at the Van Wezel, the official in-house caterer at the waterfront Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall offering pre-show dining and events; and Mattison’s Culinary Adventure Travel, a personalized tour operator offering an irreplaceable hands-on culinary experience filled with history, culture, tradition and of course amazing meals.

In September 2001, the Mattison’s concept was created, which includes Mattison’s Catering Division, Mattison’s Forty-One in South Sarasota, Mattison’s City Grille in Downtown Sarasota, Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille on Bradenton’s

Riverwalk, and Mattison’s at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, offering pre-show dining and catered events. Somewhere along the way, following his Italian roots, he also developed Mattison’s International Cookery, a tour company leading hands-on culinary adventures throughout Italy. In 2012, Mattison published his first cookbook, Chef! The Story and Recipes of Chef Paul Mattison.

The cookbook Chef! The Story and Recipes of Chef Paul Mattison, generated rave reviews locally and nationally during book signings from Florida to California. Chef Paul Mattison was invited to participate in the prestigious American Harvest Workshop in Napa Valley, California hosted by Cakebread Cellars, as one of five Chefs in the nation selected to attend this annual event. In January 2016, Chef Paul Mattison was a guest speaker in a joint discussion and presentation with scientists from NASA discussing the connection with the International Space Station’s Veggies in Space program and working with local Pine View students showcasing a school garden Chef Paul Mattison helped to created replicating the NASA program. This educational event generated media attention locally and regionally (full article).

Mattison has received numerous best chef entrepreneur and service accolade awards over the years from Sarasota Magazine, Herald-Tribune, SRQ Media, Bradenton Herald and Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Brand, just to name a few. He teaches cooking classes, leads culinary demos, corporate trainings and has participated in several chef collaborative dinners for the James Beard House and Foundation, Time Warner, NYC Culinary Loft, Cakebread Cellars American Harvest Workshop, StarChefs International Chefs Congress and many more.

Chef Paul Mattison serves on the Advisory Board for USF’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Sarasota County Technical Institute’s Culinary Arts Program, The Niman Ranch Next Generation Scholarship Foundation, Florida Winefest & Auction, Chefs Move to Schools and Sarasota’s Farm to School Advisory Committee. Mattison has built sustainable school gardens to bring healthy locally grown produce into school cafeterias. Giving back to the community is a priority for Chef Paul Mattison, his generosity is well known throughout the community.

Also known for his community-based efforts, Chef Paul Mattison received several national service awards. He gives culinary classes and demonstrations for charity organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc., Sarasota County, and Selby Gardens. Chef Paul Mattison serves on the Advisory Board for Kaiser College and Sarasota County Technical Institute’s Culinary Arts Program, and Sarasota’s Downtown Farmers’ Market. He also serves on the Board of Director for All Faiths Food Bank and Florida Winefest & Auction. Giving back to the community is a priority for Chef Paul Mattison and his generosity is well known throughout the community.

Chef Paul Mattison can be seen regularly ABC’s Channel 7 hosting live cooking segments on The View and on My Suncoast Dining with Chef Judi. As the national spokes person for Cuisinart Appliances and Cookware, and he has appeared on national television on the Home Shopping Network and Access Hollywood. The Emmy®-winning national television show, A Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins filmed two segments on Chef Paul Mattison, the first one aired on PBS in 2006 and the second in October 2010.

Chef Paul – Niman Ranch

Chef Paul cooking Shrimp Quesadillas

Chef Paul whips up a Strawberry Flambe

Chef Paul interview– Animal Outtakes

Chef Alex hand making Duck Confit Ravioli

Chef Paul makes a Screwball Cocktail