Matthew Kenney

Matthew Kenney, Arts League (culinary arts)

Matthew KenneyMatthew Kenney grew up on the coast of Maine alongside his father, a devoted outdoorsman, and his mother who always kept a family garden.  He graduated from the French Culinary Institute and, after working in upscale New York City kitchens, opened a number of his own highly regarded restaurants in New York and along the East Coast. He has earned several awards, including being named one of America’s Best New Chefs by Food and Wine Magazine and was twice nominated as a Rising Star Chef in America by the James Beard Foundation. Kenney has appeared on numerous food and talk shows, and regularly lectures on the subject of food and health, including a highly watched TEDx talk in 2011. He is grateful for his parent’s support of his career path and entrepreneurship.

Kenney’s success stems from his innate understanding of seasonal and local ingredients, his classical training, and his extensive travel background. As a plant-based chef, Kenney’s application of contemporary methods and techniques along with a firm commitment to innovative recipes and food aesthetics is leading plant-based cuisine to the mainstream.

In 2009, Kenney founded the world’s first classically-structured raw food culinary academy. Matthew Kenney Culinary has graduated students from over 30 countries. Along with operating his namesake academy and lifestyle brand, Kenney is involved in plant-based projects around the world, and travels extensively to forward his mission to show others that food can be delicious and vibrant, while still healthful. Learn more at Matthew Kenney Cuisine.

Kenney operates culinary academies in Venice, CA; Belfast, ME; and Miami, FL in addition to Matthew Kenney Culinary Online. The brand includes restaurants Plant Food + Wine with locations in Los Angeles and Miami; and plant-based pizza concept Double Zero in New York City’s East Village, MAKE OUT, a fast causal spot in Culver City, CA; and Matthew Kenney NM, a café created in partnership with and located within Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills. Plant Café in Bahrain, Kenney’s first international concept, and plnthouse, a collaboration with the 1 Hotel South Beach slated to open in March 2017.  In 2017 Kenney will also open locations in London and Montecito.  Matthew Kenney Wellness, a travel-based wellness division with a series of retreat experiences in Kauai, HI will also launch in 2017 as well as a collaboration with Turnberry Isle for destination wellness retreats.

added February 21, 2017