Chef Michelle Mathews
Chef Michelle Mathews was born in Okinawa, Japan, spent most of her childhood traveling through Asia and Europe, then spent her adolescent years in the southern United States. She moved to New York to attend the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan during which she held her first position as Chef de Partie at Danielle. After graduating from the Culinary Institute, she held positions at Picholine, Le Grenouille, and her biggest influence, Fleur de Sel, under Chef Cyril Renault. After coming to California 5 years ago, Chef Mathews took on roles at Frisson, assisted in the opening of Anchor & Hope, Gitane Restaurant and recently took over the helm as Chef de Cuisine at Cafe Claude.
Chef Mathews’ style is born from a mixture of classical French training with culinary influences from Northern and Southern France. Her philosophy on her methods is to remain true to those classical French impartations and incorporate the local bounty of product and influence.
At 144 King Art Café, Michelle is excited to share her talent, creativity and passion for creating fresh and delicious food in a space that fosters community and artistic expression.