Paul Mattison

Executive Chef, Proprietor
Paul Mattison

Chef Paul Mattison, executive chef and proprietor of Mattison’s, operates three restaurants and a successful catering company on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Located in Sarasota each restaurant location is unique to its neighborhood, offering Chef Paul Mattison’s signature menu items, outstanding service, and quality ingredients, while supporting the community, regional farmers, and culinary suppliers. 
Mattison’s Catering is a chef-owned and operated catering company procuring fresh, natural, and local ingredients. Catering In-house and off-site, Mattison’s Catering Company offers certified wedding and event planners, experienced professionals, and custom menus.
Chef Paul Mattison grew up in New York, cooking and gardening side by side with his Italian grandmother, Esther.  He began his culinary career at age 15 in a local Greek restaurant and was encouraged by the restaurant’s owner to attend the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Upon graduating with honors from CIA, Chef Paul Mattison went to Aspen where he would refine his skills over the next five years working at Piñons, a one of a kind restaurant receiving top kudos from Zagat.
In 1991, Chef Paul Mattison relocated to Sarasota, Florida as the executive chef/proprietor of the Summerhouse Restaurant on Siesta Key. In addition to the restaurant, he created a revolutionary on-site cookery school, an alfresco garden terrace and a sustainable herb garden. During this time, Chef Paul Mattison also created the concept of the Sarasota Bread Company, a working bakery, bistro, and gourmet market. 
In September 2001, Chef Paul Mattison and Jason Sango created the Mattison’s™ concept which now includes: Mattison’s Catering Company, a full service, award winning in-house and off-site catering company; Mattison’s City Grille, an award-winning al fresco restaurant in downtown Sarasota;  Mattison’s Forty-One, a highly acclaimed local restaurant boasting comfortable elegance in South Sarasota; Mattison’s Bayside at the Van Wezel, the official in-house restaurant at the  waterfront Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall offering pre-show dining; and Mattison’s Culinary Adventure Travel, a personalized tour delving deeply into the culinary history and foundation of different European countries.
Mattison’s™ has received numerous awards over the years. Mattison’s™ was awarded Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Brand Award, one of Florida’s most prestigious culinary accolades. Other awards include the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s Readers’ Choice Awards, Sarasota Magazine’s Best of the Best, SRQ Magazine’s Hot List, Creative Loafing’s Editor’s Choice Award, Bradenton Herald’s Readers’ Choice Awards, and many others.
Also known for his community-based efforts, Chef Paul Mattison has received several national service awards. He gives culinary classes and demonstrations for charity organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc., Sarasota County, and Selby Gardens.  Chef Paul Mattison serves on the Advisory Board for Kaiser College’s Culinary Arts Program and Sarasota’s Downtown Farmers’ Market. Giving back to the community is a priority for Chef Paul Mattison and his generosity is well known throught the community.
Chef Paul Mattison can be seen regularly on ABC’s Channel 7 hosting live cooking segments.  As the national spokes person for Cuisinart Appliances and Cookware, Chef Paul Mattison has appeared on national television on the Home Shopping Network.  The Emmy winning regional television show, A Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins filmed two segments on Chef Paul Mattison, the first one aired on PBS in 2006 and the second airs in October 2010. 
Chef Paul Mattison holds cooking demonstrations, wine tasting events, and regularly conducts personalized culinary adventure tours to Europe offering an irreplaceable hands-on culinary experience filled with history, culture, tradition and of course amazing meals.

Cuisine:American Cuisine, American, Italian , Wine Bar and Bistro