The charming-and-ever-so-modest chef Matt Wilkinson is co-owner and chef at East Brunswick papal houses of eating and drinking (in Melbourne, Australia). His contribution is moderated, as necessary, by business partner Ben Foster.
Together they own and operate Pope Joan, a unique café, as well as the local drinking house next door run by the Pope’s son, The Bishop of Ostia. The Bishop shares his mother’s kitchen garden as well as other sacred family resources (more than a few secrets too).
Mr Wilkinson’s projects include a partnership with boutique casual food eatery Spudbar – enabling his input at the table serving ‘slow food – fast’. His inaugural book, ”Mr Wilkinson’s Favourite Vegetables”, was published in March 2012. It will be published next month in the USA – you can read about that here.
Matt’s food ethos lies in natural seasonal foods (especially vegetables), grown by local producers and sold to eaters at farmers markets. His free time is spent with family and friends, gardening at home or walking his dog Quincy while trying to navigate Master Finn Thomas in his push chair.