Growing up on a 40-acre horse ranch and vineyard in the Sonoma Valley, Matt Brewer developed a great appreciation for what the land can provide. Mornings before school he worked on the ranch pruning vines and feeding the horses, while in the evenings, he helped his mother prepare dinner with ingredients from their garden. With a passion for food and creating memorable experiences, he attended culinary school and after graduating, moved to Chicago to work at the highly acclaimed L20 as chef de partie under Chef Laurent Gras and the Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises umbrella. While at L20, the restaurant earned Three Michelin Stars and Brewer met fellow LEYE alum, Brendan Sodikoff, who became a key influence in the launch and growth of his career. In 2010, Brewer traded in his chef whites for a suit and moved to the front-of-the-house to help Sodikoff open his first project, Gilt Bar, and over the next five years, Brewer turned to operations and project management, overseeing all of the group’s concepts. In 2014, he returned home to San Francisco with a goal of opening his own concepts. Brewer is a certified sommelier, having passed the first two levels of The Court of Master Sommeliers.