Matz Bernie - Matz, Bernie

Biography

Culinary Director -Chef Bernie Matz. Now a staple in the Miami culinary scene, Chef Bernie originally attended the University of Florida and graduated with his MBA in Finance in 1984. Still consumed by his passion for food he opened his first restaurant, Wet Paint Café, on Lincoln Road in 1986 when he was only 24. It was at Wet Paint Café where Bernie and Chef Doug Rodriguez developed what was to become a signature style of cuisine called “Nuevo Latino” or New Miami American Cuisine. After his venture in the Miami scene, Chef Bernie worked... READ MORE

Culinary Director -Chef Bernie Matz. Now a staple in the Miami culinary scene, Chef Bernie originally attended the University of Florida and graduated with his MBA in Finance in 1984. Still consumed by his passion for food he opened his first restaurant, Wet Paint Café, on Lincoln Road in 1986 when he was only 24. It was at Wet Paint Café where Bernie and Chef Doug Rodriguez developed what was to become a signature style of cuisine called “Nuevo Latino” or New Miami American Cuisine. After his venture in the Miami scene, Chef Bernie worked in New York before honing his culinary abilities at Johnson & Wales culinary school. Chef Bernie Matz joined on as the Culinary Director of Bodega Taqueria Y Tequila five years ago. A self-proclaimed “connoisseur of the taco”, Chef Matz is the brainchild behind Bodega’s Pan Latin menu.

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Recipe Name:
Mango & Jalapeno Pico

Recipe Ingredients:
1 Cup cubed ripe Mango
½ cup diced fresh jalapenos with or without seeds
½ cup diced red onions
½ cup diced tomato
½ cup chopped cilantro
1 lime squeezed fresh
1 oz white vinegar
1 oz olive oil
1 Tb Kosher Salt
1 tea ground black pepper
1 tea sugar

Recipe Instructions:
Place all ingredients except the mango into a large bowl and combine well. Fold in the mango and serve. Make 3 Cups