By Melissa Larsen
MOST INFLUENTIAL IN VALLEY FOOD: Matthew Grunwald
Whether you have seen him grace the screen as a chef expert on “The List” or on the Food Network or have tasted one of his dishes as the sous chef de cuisine at Virtú Honest Craft and Nico Heirloom Kitchen, every Valley foodie is familiar with Matthew Grunwald, or “Grundy.” Though he is only in his mid-20’s, Grunwald has been cooking more than half of his life. He began working as a prep cook at the age of 16 before attending the Culinary Institute of America in New York. For the chef, the passion to create is what keeps him returning to the kitchen again and again. “Creating new dishes is how I express my creativity. It’s all about achieving ‘the new’ while using foundational technique to get there.” @chefmatthewg.
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