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Matthew Varga
Matthew Varga
Matthew Varga grew up in a household that loved to cook and use artistry and fresh ingredients while doing so. Crabbing and fishing was something Matthew spent countless hours doing in his hometown of Clinton, Connecticut. It made perfect sense, then, that Matthew was further attracted to a career in the culinary arena by a home economics class he took as a youth. He went on to take higher-level food courses in high school and has held food-related jobs since he was 16 years old. Matthew furthered his studies at Johnson & Wales University, earning his associate’s degree in culinary arts in 2003 and a bachelor’s degree in food service management in 2005.

His experiences at a number of well-known Rhode Island restaurants, including Raphael Bar Bistrot and Mill’s Tavern, were also helpful in paving his way to his position as executive chef of Gracie’s. He joined the Gracie’s team in 2007 as a garde manger cook, and was promoted to executive chef in 2010. He lives in Pawtucket.

194 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-272-7811
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