Matthew Jennings, the executive chef and owner of Townsman in Boston, didn’t have to venture far to discover culinary inspiration: he grew up fishing off the East Coast and cooking fresh catch in the family’s coal-fired oven. After graduating from the New England Culinary Institute, he studied cheese and charcuterie in Europe before opening his first restaurant, Farmstead, Inc., in Rhode Island, where he received multiple nominations for the James Beard Best Chef: Northeast award. In 2015, Matthew opened Townsman restaurant in downtown Boston, where he serves seasonal American fare with the kind of local produce and freshly-caught fish that reminds him of his roots in the region.
We asked chef Matthew to put pen to paper, where he detailed his thoughts on the changing food landscape, the most exciting cuisine of the moment, and where he finds inspiration.
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