Matt Gordon

Simple, honest food, made from extremely high quality ingredients.. Zero use of meat treated with hormones or antibiotics...ever. Sustainable seafood, no unnecessary artificial ingredients, no high fructose corn syrup.. Natural and clean.
Gordon's Pork 'Belly Benny'
EVENTS
Cooking for KD: Saturday, November 8, 2014: Join us in San Diego for the Kawasaki Disease Foundation's epicurean evening to help Save A Child's Heart with our highly acclaimed chefs as they prepare a special 5 Course dinner for our guests. Accolades of James Beard Awards, Michelin Stars, Television Appearances, Cookbooks, Restaurants and more all in one room, it'll be an extraordinary night of Cooking for KD.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Flea Street Cafe. Menlo Par, CA
Mercenary Cook. 3+ yrs
Scott's Seafood. San Jose, CA
Executive Chef. 3+ yrs
Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar. Healdsburg, CA
Executive Chef. 3+ yrs
Hospitality Inc.. San Diego
Executive Chef / F & B Director. 3+ yrs
Gordon Biersch. San Francisco, CA
Executive Chef. 2-3 yrs
school of hard knocks. San Francisco, CA
working from the bottom to the top. 3+ yrs
Solace & the Moonlight Lounge. Encinitas, CA
Executive Chef/ Owner
Urban Solace. San Diego, CA
Executive Chef/ Owner
SKILLS & EXPERTISE
Accounting
BOH operations
Deboning poultry
Food industry consulting
Food styling
Ingredient sourcing
Inventory control
Kitchen management
Labor cost management
Leadership
Menu development
P&L management
Training
Staff training
TV/radio guest appearances
His true style of cooking encompasses quality meats and seafood and unusual preparations of familiar vegetables.
GALLERY
VIDEO

  • Solace and the Moonlight Lounge

  • Solace and The Moonlight Lounge - The Duderino

  • Matt Gordon of Urban Solace
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • Chef Matt Gordon, Chefs Hall of Fame 2012 San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles
  • Sea & Smoke Top 35 Most Anticipated Restaurants 2013, Eater National
  • Solace & the Moonlight Lounge Silver Fork Award 2012, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles
  • Solace & the Moonlight Lounge Most Anticipated North County Restaurant 2011, San Diego Magazine
  • Solace & the Moonlight Lounge Top 10 Places to Eat in 2011, Ranch & Coast Magazine
  • Urban Solace Silver Fork Award 2008, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles
  • Urban Solace Best Sunday Brunch 2008, San Diego Magazine
  • Urban Solace Best Sunday Brunch 2009, San Diego Magazine
  • Urban Solace Silver Fork Award 2009, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles
  • Urban Solace Best Lunch 2009, San Diego CityBeat
  • Urban Solace Best Overall Restaurant 2009, San Diego Downtown News
  • Urban Solace Best of the Best, Best Casual Restaurant 2009, San Diego Magazine
  • Best Chef 2009, San Diego Downtown News
  • Chef Matt Gordon, 40 under 40, San Diego Metropolitan 2009
  • Urban Solace Best American Food 2010, San Diego Magazine
  • Urban Solace Best Sunday Brunch 2010, San Diego Magazine
  • Urban Solace Best Casual Dining 2010, Ranch & Coast Magazine
  • Silver Fork Award 2010, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles
  • Urban Solace Best Contemporary Cuisine 2010, San Diego CityBeat
  • Urban Solace Best Gluten Free Menu 2010, Ranch & Coast Magazine
  • Urban Solace Best American Food 2011, Ranch & Coast Magazine
  • Chef Matt Gordon, 50 People to Watch, San Diego Magazine 2011
  • Urban Solace Best American Food 2011, San Diego Magazine
  • Urban Solace Best Sunday Brunch 2011, San Diego Magazine
  • Urban Solace Silver Fork Award 2011, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles
  • Urban Solace Best Mid-City Restaurant 2011, San Diego Reader
  • Urban Solace Best Contemporary Cuisine 2011, San Diego CityBeat
  • Urban Solace Best American Food 2011, Ranch & Coast Magazine
PRESS
Forbes Travel Guide, Sea & Smoke, August 2013
Riviera, Restaurant Issue, July 2013
HauteLiving.com, Del Mar Getaway, July 2013
Angeleno, Inside Track, July 2013
Sunset, 5 Reasons You'll love Encinitas, June 2013
Pacific Magazine, Summer Grubbin', June 2013
Thrillist San Diego, A food lover's haven in North Park, May 2013
U-T San Diego, Let's Go Oyster Bar Hopping!, May 2013
SanDiego.org, Farm Fresh Dining in San Diego, May 2013
U-T San Diego, Generous Chefs, Tasty Charitable Events, April 2013
Thrillist San Diego, Coolest Bars and Restaurants in Town, March 2013
San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, Stout-based Steak, February 2013
Ranch & Coast, Best Specialty Cocktails, February 2013
LOCALE, Best San Diego Breakfasts, January 2013
Eater San Diego, Essential San Diego Restaurants, January 2013
Ranch & Coast, Coastal Comfort, January 2013
Eater San Diego, Chef Matt Q&A, January 2013
San Diego Magazine, Solace & the Moonlight Lounge, December 2012
San Diego CityBeat, Restaurant Guide, November 2012
U-T San Diego, Watermelon Salad, July 2012
Ranch & Coast, Best Bites, July 2012
North County Times, Chef Leads All-Natural Menu Trends at Solace, July 2012
Gayot.com, Solace & the Moonlight Lounge Review, July 2012
U-T San Diego, Meaty Bargains, June 2012
Los Angeles Magazine, 52 Great Weekend Getaways, May 2012
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Matt Gordon
Matt Gordon
mattgordon@chefsroll.com
San Diego, CA
United States

Solace Restaurants
Executive Chef/ Owner


Owner and Executive Chef Matt Gordon is a 23-year veteran of the restaurant industry. He has headed numerous kitchens including the highly acclaimed Willi's Seafood and Raw Bar in Healdsburg, Calif., Hospitality Inc. (Festivities Catering, Picnic People) and Scott's Seafood, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

When Gordon and his wife had their first child, they made a commitment to raise her on a diet free of artificial ingredients. Gordon then set out to find and create alternatives to artificial products used throughout the restaurant industry, from ketchup and Worcestershire sauce to sodas and maraschino cherries. He felt the same responsibility to his guests as he did to his daughter and has since made major changes to serve food in his restaurants like he does at home - predominantly organic and sustainable, completely free of artificial ingredients, and delicious.

Gordon is recognized for going to extraordinary lengths, searching high and low for purveyors, mostly in the U.S. to bring smartly sourced foods to his guests and has found a formula that allows him to do so without breaking their wallets. He lives personally and professionally by these commitments to health and high quality, providing simple, honest food with exemplary service.

Gordon's personal accolades include "50 People to Watch" by San Diego Magazine in 2011, "40 Under 40" by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine and "Best Chef" by San Diego Downtown News in 2008.