Born in New Brunswick and raised in Ontario, Matthew James Matheson rose quickly through the culinary ranks. He completed chef training and culinary management at Humber College in 2003 and from there took a job at Le Select Bistro. In three short years Matheson made it to junior sous chef, leaving in 2007 to helm La Palette in Kensington Market. Both Le Select and La Palette’s proper French training and Matheson’s own rogue Canadiana cooking skills were found in the unique culinary experience that was Oddfellows.

In spring 2010 he continued the dynamic relationship with the Oddfellows founders at their new venture, Parts and Labour, in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood. Matthew Matheson, at the age of 28, currently serves as executive chef at Parts and Labour where he daily satiates the appetites of hungry diners. 

It was in 2011 that Chef Matheson co-founded Toronto’s wildly successful Group of 7 Chefs, where thematic monthly dinners are put on at various Toronto venues, restaurants and unique locations.

In 2012, and after much success at Parts and Labour, Chef Matheson alongside a newly appointed events team, brought the philosophy of Parts as a restaurant and started P&L Catering. Thus being able to bring Parts and Labour to our 3 downtown venues as well as offsite.

Finally, in this coming year, Chef Matheson is embarking on his new venture Northern Alliance, where Chefs from the US and Canada will come together to host fundraising dinners for food and supplier charitable organizations.