Four Newporters Among Providence Business News’ “RI’s Best Young Chefs”

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Matthew Reilly


Matthew Reilly, Malt


When people discuss Matt Reilly, they tend to get stumped on the question of what area he’s the youngest executive chef within. Is it Newport? Rhode Island? Southern New England? It’s tough to remember…but, as the years go on, it’s finally becoming less of an issue, allowing Chef Matt to concentrate on more serious matters.

For Matthew Reilly, 25, who has been cooking since he was 15, taking over the kitchen as executive chef at Malt in Newport has been the realization of a dream.

Born in Connecticut but having grown up in Narragansett, Reilly earned an associate degree in baking and pastry in 2010 from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vt. Work at the Marriott in Providence from 2010 to 2012 led to a job as a line cook in 2012 at 22 Bowen’s at Bowen’s Wharf in Newport.

Hired in late 2012 as a line cook at Malt, he stepped into a “power vacuum” when the executive chef left in February 2013.

“I’ve had all these ideas sitting around and I now have a platform,” Reilly said. “The owners gave me the reins and the customers really responded.”

Read more about Matt…or watch him compete in this past season of Battle Chefs.


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