A Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park) graduate and Hunterdon County, NJ native, Matt McPherson has stayed true to his local roots integrating the freshest locally grown and harvested ingredients into his unique dishes.
His career as a chef began in early childhood. As a junior at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, he enrolled in the acclaimed Polytech Culinary Arts Program where he began his first entrepreneurial venture: Matt’s Real Food, a catering company. Upon graduation, Mr. McPherson attended the Culinary Institute of America, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in restaurant management. Chef McPherson worked for several years in high profile restaurants, including the famed Sea Grill in Rockefeller Center and the Relais Chateaux resort, Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys. The former chef du cuisine at Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville, he came home to open the award winning Matt’s Red Rooster Grill in 2005.
As an owner, manager, and chef of a local small business, Mr. McPherson has set out to become a fixture in the community by supporting local organizations and charities. Matt’s Red Rooster Grill has helped out over 100 local charities and schools to date. He was a board member of The Wellness Community of Central Jersey, whose focus is to aide in the support and healing of cancer patients. He is currently on the board of the Polytech Culinary Arts Program of Hunterdon County, recognized in 2005 as one of their most successful graduates. Mr. McPherson is also an active member in the Flemington Raritan Business Association and in 2007 was awarded Businessman of the Year.
Matt currently resides in the borough of Flemington with his wife, Erin, and their two wonderful children.