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Known for his creativity in the kitchen, Matt Swickerath has earned a reputation for pairing fresh, seasonal ingredients with culinary excellence.

Matt's passion for cooking began after he completed his degree in English from the University of Florida, by landing his first job at a Disney Resort in Buena Vista.

After spending nine years in the restaurant industry in his home state of Florida, Matt moved to Atlanta in 1996, and quickly became known for his innovative dishes using creative and non-traditional ingredients to please Atlanta's most distinguished dining crowd.

Matt worked for some of the most acclaimed and award-winning restaurants in Atlanta before taking the executive chef position at Valenza Restaurant in the fall of 2007. Matt’s hard work and dedication have been instrumental in Valenza’s success and he was named Partner in 2014.

Chef Matt's passion and drive for cooking is defined by his attention to detail and his use of primarily locally-grown and organic foods that come with each new season .


Matt has participated in many events benefiting non-profit organizations including Share Our Strength, H.E.R.O for Children, March of Dimes and the James Beard Foundation.   Matt currently resides in the Emory University area of Atlanta.

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