Sarasota's Chef Paul Mattison to Represent Florida and The Southeast During Cakebread Cellars 29th American Harvest Workshop

Sarasota, FL –  (July 16, 2015)

Chef Paul Mattison of Sarasota is one of five chefs in the nation invited to attend the AMERICAN HARVEST WORKSHOP taking place Sept. 12-16 at the prestigious Cakebread Cellars in California. He is the only Chef representing Florida and in fact, named as the only Chef in the Southeast asked to participate in this annual event.
The American Harvest Workshop is a celebration of wine and food located in the heart of the Napa Valley. Now in its 29th year, this is an intense “hands on” program created by Jack and Delores Cakebread to learn more about the marriage of food and wine. The other four chefs attending are from the award-winning Peninsula Hotel in Chicago, Michael’s on Naples in Laguna Beach, the Legal Seafood restaurant in Boston and the Willow Creek restaurant in Evergreen, Colorado.

Mattison’s is a chef-owned restaurant and catering company based in Sarasota presenting fresh ingredients, innovative cuisine, and exceptional service while supporting local farmers, culinary suppliers, and the community on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Chef Paul has been the owner of Mattison’s restaurants and catering for over 25 years.

Chef Paul Mattison grew up in New York, gardening and cooking along-side his Italian grandmother, Esther. His culinary career began at age 15, in a local Greek restaurant. He later attend the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), and after graduating with honors, Chef Paul Mattison went on to refine his skills at Piñons Restaurant in Aspen, Colorado which was awarded top kudos from Zagat.

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, he created the Mattison’s concept which includes: Mattison’s Catering Company; Mattison’s City Grille, an award-winning al fresco restaurant in downtown Sarasota; Mattison’s Forty-One, a highly acclaimed local restaurant featuring Mediterranean inspired cuisine in South Sarasota; Mattison’s Bayside at the Van Wezel, offering pre-show dining and event catering at the waterfront Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; and Mattison’s Culinary Adventure Travel, a personalized tour operator offering a hands-on culinary experience.

Mattison’s has received numerous awards over the years, including Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Brand Award, one of Florida’s most prestigious culinary accolades. Other awards include the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s Readers’ Choice Awards, Sarasota Magazine’s Best of the Best, SRQ Magazine’s Hot List, Creative Loafing’s Editor’s Choice Award, Bradenton Herald’s Readers’ Choice Awards, and many others.

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