Chefs Feed: Elevated with Matty Matheson
Chefs Feed visits Toronto chef Matty Matheson
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[MUSIC] When I was 29, I had a heart attack.
Who has a heart attack at 29? I don't know
anyone. [MUSIC] With this chef stuff and partying, everyone knows
what the **** goes on Everyone goes out and parties
every single night and you show up and your hung
over and you cook. Obviously it caught up with me.
Hey man you drink 40 drinks **** happens. [LAUGHTER] [MUSIC]
Doctors told me I had to take three months off.
But I'm like no the restaurant doesn't wait three months,
it doesn't wait a day, it doesn't wait a anything.
Within ten days I was back at work. And then
it still took me about a year to kinda snap
out of my ego and think I wasn't invincible. I
was still really naive to things. I didn't work under
an executive chef and mentor up and become a chef
to cuisine and then become a chef. I was like
a drunk cook who was given these opportunities. I think
I was getting by on just me being a good
line cook and me making good food. [MUSIC] I started
taking it very seriously I think. It was definitely a
new thing that I had actual responsibility like the first
time I got a review I was like, oh you
get reviews like I didn't even **** understand that stuff.
It's so loud it's so loud. When somebody writes that
I'm like what? We don't want a 45 year old
food writer to understand what the **** we're doing. We
wanted 20 somethings early thirties people to come in and
party and eat like **** vikings. We want to do
what we want to do. That's it. The food quality
I always felt it was really on point. I like
really small, dainty, beautiful dishes. And then I have really
large plates. The PNL burger happened from me going on
a TV show and winning a TV burger contest You
know, and I was like, okay, I guess we're gonna
be opening up a burger place soon, because we have
lineups at our restaurant for burgers. Being hung over for
15 years, you kinda get some fear in your life
and now I'm like that's gone I'm a part of
two collaborative chef groups. I am shooting a tv show.
I run four companies. I don't have time to be
hung over. I don't have time to live that lifestyle.
I'm **** busy. [MUSIC] I think my partners care about
me. I think we're actually friends. [MUSIC] Yeah, they're like,
okay, we want to open up other restaurants too. So,
get your **** together and we can open up whatever
you want. Not a lot of people are like, hey,
you want a career? Okay, all you gotta do is
do it. Yeah, and not die. You know, that's what
it comes down to. I want to live life, I
have an opportunity. Am I gonna pass it up? I
don't think so. I'm not that stupid. [MUSIC]