Matt grew up in Columbia, SC and attended the University of Florida where he received his BA in Business Administration. As a child Matt was always interested in cooking and at the age of 14 he became employed as a dishwasher in one of the first fine dining restaurants in Columbia. At 15 he moved on to take a position in the kitchen as a line cook. While in college, Matt began to work in the front of the house, first as a server, and later as a bartender.
After college Matt was interested in pursuing a career in restaurant management, but without any managerial experience his options were limited. He took a job with a national restaurant franchise in Atlanta and worked his way up to store general manager in 8 months. He moved to Baltimore to further his career as a corporate restaurant manager.
In early 2013 Matt was hired by SoDel Concepts as the general manager of Catch 54 in Fenwick. Later in the year he transferred to Fish On and along with Matt Haley and Scott Kammerer started Matt’s Homemade Sodas, a line of chef inspired home crafted sodas. In 2015 he was promoted to Director of Operations and now oversees the operations at Lupo Italian Kitchen, Fish On, Plate Catering, Matt’s Fish Camp in Lewes, and Matt’s Homemade Soda. In 2016 Matt was involved in all aspects of developing and opening Matt's Fish Camp in Lewes.
He lives with his wife Krissy in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.