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Matt Ruzga

Biography

A purist, executive chef Matt Ruzga executes a market-driven menu at South Orange’s newest culinary outpost, The Fox & Falcon. Prior to taking post as executive chef of The Fox & Falcon, Ruzga honed his skills in the kitchens of several notable, critically acclaimed restaurants, studying under the tutelage of chefs who’ve earned the respect of industry peers, critics and diners alike. Most recently, Ruzga served as executive sous chef at Del Posto, running the pasta program at New York Times four-star appointed restaurant.

A Maplewood resident, Matt spends his time away from the restaurant... READ MORE

A purist, executive chef Matt Ruzga executes a market-driven menu at South Orange’s newest culinary outpost, The Fox & Falcon. Prior to taking post as executive chef of The Fox & Falcon, Ruzga honed his skills in the kitchens of several notable, critically acclaimed restaurants, studying under the tutelage of chefs who’ve earned the respect of industry peers, critics and diners alike. Most recently, Ruzga served as executive sous chef at Del Posto, running the pasta program at New York Times four-star appointed restaurant.

A Maplewood resident, Matt spends his time away from the restaurant playing soccer in the town’s over-30 league, at the studio playing punk rock with his band – The Rites of Springfield – or cruising around the neighborhood with his wife Maggie and their young son, Emmett.

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What is your favorite NYC restaurant? And what is your go-to dish? This is a tough one! It all depends on my mood but one of my favorite places is BunKer in Brooklyn. My go-to dish is definitely the crispy whole fried snapper with tamarind, tomato and pineapple sauce. What is your ultimate meal? Pasta. Always pasta. What three things are always in your pantry? Pasta (see above!), a good high quality olive oil, and a can of whole tomatoes. If you weren't a chef, what would you be? In my dream world, I would be a famous musician. If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Patterson (aka The Two Fat Ladies). What’s your favorite NYCWFF memory? As this is my first time participating, I don't have any memories to recollect (yet!), but am looking forward to having an answer for this question in 2020!