Matthew Silverman is a musical prodigy turned Chef. At the age of 17, he graduated from Van Nuys High School in California where he had already spent a hand-full of years studying music and performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. By choice, Matthew ended his musical career before he was even old enough to vote, and followed his heart straight to the kitchen – Wolfgang Puck’s kitchen.
At age 18, Matthew moved to Las Vegas to enroll in the Community College of Southern Nevada’s culinary program, at the time one of the top programs in the country, and went to work as a dishwasher in one of Wolfgang Puck’s local restaurants. His talents were not overlooked and he quickly moved up the ranks in the restaurant. Seven years later, Matthew was the youngest person ever within the Wolfgang Puck organization to be named Executive Chef. His tenure with Puck included the opening and managing of nine different restaurants around the country.
Eventually, Matthew grew tired of traveling and began searching for opportunities closer to home. At this time, Michael Corrigan – a Las Vegas born businessman with an endless imagination and a relentless passion for great food, was looking for a new Executive Chef for his cowboy-themed restaurants, RoadRunner. Following several interviews, countless phone calls and numerous cooking demonstrations, Matthew found a new home.
Six months later, when it came time for his new restaurant concept, Agave Comida y Tequila, Michael Corrigan turned to Matthew and made him Corporate Executive Chef. Through extensive traveling and brainstorming sessions, Matthew created an authentic Mexican menu with a contemporary twist. Since its opening in December 2004, Agave has garnered numerous awards and continued media praise.
Matthew’s work has not stopped with RoadRunner or Agave. He has found his niche as he is now collaborating with Corrigan on yet another restaurant concept, a Mediterranean bistro/wine bar. Called Vintner Grill, with it's new expansion located on the Vegas Strip.