Chef, author, and entrepreneur Matthew Kenney is the world’s foremost expert in raw cuisine. His impact extends far beyond the walls of his restaurants located in Santa Monica, California; Belfast, Maine; and Miami, Florida (Winter 2013). Kenney’s passion for raw cuisine is apparent in his dedication to education. Santa Monica and Miami both include culinary academies adjacent to the restaurants. Kenney has given two high-profile TEDx talks and frequently lectures as a keynote speaker at food and philanthropy events around the globe. He has authored 10 cookbooks, including, Raw Food Real World, Raw Chocolate (Gibbs Smith, March 2012), Everyday Raw Detox with Meredith Baird (March 2013) and Plant Food (Winter 2014). Matthew Kenney Culinary Academies train professional chefs, as well as novices and enthusiasts, in both fundamentals and advanced techniques of raw cuisine. As a classically trained chef who developed a distinct raw-foods lifestyle brand, Kenney also shares his expertise with consumers on the iPad app, Matthew Kenney’s Raw Express, complete with 12 full-length videos and more than 50 recipes that can all be prepared in less than 30 minutes. . Furthermore, Matthew Kenney Academy Online launched as the world’s first classically structured online course focused on raw and living cuisine.
The Food & Wine Best New Chef and twice-nominated James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef has garnered the attention of critics as well with the most recent opening of M.A.K.E. in Santa Monica, CA. in October 2012 which is described by Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold as “intellectual food”.
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