Matthew Beaudin, Executive Chef is the Executive Chef at the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. He earned his associate degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America, then Matt fiercely pursued his passion for cooking by working across the globe, holding chef positions in the Caribbean, China, Rwanda and the West Indies, as well as each geographical food region within the United States. Matthew has run kitchens at jungle base camps, on private islands and at restaurants perched 10,000 feet up the side of a volcano. He began his commitment to sustainability and culinary education during his work in the village of Musanze in Rwanda. He continues to maintain strong ties with the community through his School for the Arts (The Volcano Arts Studio).
Influenced by his travels, Matthew honed his techniques and expertise back home in the United States at such prestigious five-star, five-diamond properties as the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire; The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida. His experiences have enabled him to acquire a well-rounded palate, mixing his global travels with modern American cuisine deeply rooted in farm-to-table principles and the ever-increasing importance of food with a future.
In addition to the daily demands of his position as executive chef at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Matthew finds joy and fulfillment in travelling to Mexico where he has the privilege of working with children at local orphanages, such as Casa Eunime, as well as the School for the Deaf. He is also currently working with municipal operations to improve the nutritional opportunities and quality of life for these children.