Matthew Accarrino Expertise: Italian cooking, pasta, recipes, cooking, healthy eating, athletic diets Matthew Accarrino is a professional chef and athlete with more than two decades in the kitchen and restaurant business. He has authored a cookbook and currently helms the kitchen at Michelin-starred SPQR in San Francisco. He is also a competitive cyclist and balances the two passions of cooking and athleticism. Experience Matthew Accarrino is a nationally recognized professional chef and athlete based in San Francisco. Born in the Midwest and raised on the East Coast, he moved west to California in 2007. He had originally hoped to become a professional cyclist until a leg injury turned his passion for cooking into a career. Matthew's unique culinary style draws inspiration from his Italian heritage, personal experience, and classical training with some of America's best chefs. In the kitchen, Matthew takes full advantage of the bounty of opportunities California ingredients present. This includes a quality focused approach to direct sourcing, producing, and at times playing a role in the creation of his ingredients. The result is an intensely personal cuisine that is both technically polished and soulful, which has garnered critical praise. Under his direction, SPQR has been awarded a coveted Michelin star for nearly a decade. He has multiple James Beard Best Chef nominations, and Food & Wine named him a Best New Chef in 2014. Matthew co-authored and released his first book, SPQR: Modern Italian Food and Wine (Ten Speed Press) in October 2012. When not in the kitchen at SPQR, Matthew can be found training on his bicycle or on the road cooking for culinary, charity, or cycling events. About Food & Wine Food & Wine, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for anyone passionate about the culinary world. With rigorously tested recipes and the most trusted restaurant, drinks, culinary travel and home coverage, we inspire and empower people everywhere to discover, create, and devour the best in food and wine. Learn more about us and our editorial process.