Chef Paul Mattison
Chef Paul Mattison, executive chef, and proprietor of Mattison's, operates a successful culinary group on Florida's Gulf Coast. Located in Sarasota and Bradenton, each Mattison's restaurant location is unique to its neighborhood, offering Chef Paul Mattison's signature menu items, outstanding service, and quality ingredients, while supporting the community, regional farmers, and culinary suppliers. Mattison's Catering is a chef-owned and operated company procuring fresh, natural, and local ingredients. Catering In-house and off-site, Mattison's Catering Company offers experienced professionals, top quality food and custom menus. Chef Paul Mattison grew up in New York, cooking, and gardening side by side with his Italian grandmother, Esther. He began his culinary career at age 15 in a local Greek restaurant and was encouraged by the restaurant's owner to attend the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Upon graduating with honors from CIA, Chef Paul Mattison went to Aspen where he would refine his skills over the next five years working at Pinions, a one-of-a-kind receiving top kudos from Zagat.
In 1991, Chef Paul Mattison relocated to Sarasota, Florida as the executive chef and proprietor of the Summerhouse Restaurant on Siesta Key, which quickly became a local treasure and institution, establishing Chef Paul Mattison as a celebrated local chef. In September 2001 , Chef Paul Mattison and Jason Sango created the Mattison's concept which now includes: Mattison's Catering Company, a full service in-house and off-site catering company; Mattison's City Grille, an award-winning al fresco restaurant in downtown Sarasota; Mattison's Forty-One, a highly acclaimed local restaurant boasting casual elegance in South Sarasota; Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, an award-winning al fresco restaurant on the Manatee river in Downtown Bradenton, Mattison's at the Van Wezel, the official in-house caterer at the waterfront Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall offering pre-show dining and events and Mattison's Culinary Adventure Travel, a personalized tour operator offering an irreplaceable hands-on culinary experience filled with history, culture, tradition and of course amazing meals.