He’s the most improbable of celebrity chefs. He isn’t adorned with Michelin stars like Thomas Keller or a domestic goddess like Ina Garten. But that’s what made people connect to Matty Matheson in the first place. The Canadian chef with roots in the hardcore punk scene first made his name in the Toronto food world with his hip gastropub Parts and Labour, which became known for its burger, brunches and live music.
His fortunes changed when Vice asked him to make a video for its food site Munchies. From there, they kept asking him back, until he had his own web show traversing Canada (Keeping It Canada), then a globe-trotting food show on Vice Network (Dead Set on Live) and his own cooking show a la Ina and Martha (It’s Suppertime!). Now, he’s gone out on his own with his own YouTube show (Just and Dash).
In this episode of Robb Report Culinary School Matheson joins culinary editor Jeremy Repanich to talk about his new cookbook, Homestyle Cookery, and show off his recipe a bone-in pork chop sandwich inspired by his trips to Chicago. Matheson also discusses his loyal legion of fans, his approach to cooking and how his upbringing shaped his relationship to food.
Odds and Ends and Additional Links
- Homestyle Cookery is available now.
- When Robb Report named the 10 restaurants that defined the 2010s, Matheson proved to be a font of knowledge on gastronomy.
- The chef’s first ever pan, a cast iron skillet, sold out within an hour, but they’re making more of the 10-inch pan as well as more cookware to join the line.
- Matheson’s eponymous first cookbook was a New York Times bestseller and one of our top picks in the fall of 2018.
- You can follow Matheson on Instagram @chefchris512.
- Head to Robb Report’s Instagram page to check out more episodes of Culinary School, including Top Chef winner Mei Lin’s congee and James Beard Award-winner Chris Shepherd’s recipe for bacon chile jam.