Q&A with Chef Matteo
1. After the holidays, what are your favorite ways to kickstart healthy habits?
After the holidays, I love to juice and exercise. Our kitchen, Chalk Hill Cookery, is perfectly situated in Sonoma County for healthy eating and living with an abundance of local, winter vegetables here I am going to aim to do a juice fast and raw foods cleanse for a week this new year. Start the new year off lighter and healthier.
2. What are the top 5 healthy pantry ingredients everyone should have?
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Dried-Chilies, Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil, Cashews, Palm Sugar
3. What do you say to someone who is a beginner in the kitchen?
Learn the basics. Follow recipes. Don’t be afraid to experiment with dishes, ingredients, and techniques out of your comfort zone. You get better each time and find things you like that you didn’t even know about before.
4. What’s your favorite indulgence?
5. For people who are short on time and resources – what healthy eating tips would you suggest?
Make soups. Soups are easy to make and can be tailored to your individual tastes and budget. Soups are a great way to use up scraps of vegetables and leftovers. Make a batch at the beginning of the week that will last a few dyas for yourself and loved ones.
6. Do you juice?
Yes, I pretty much juice everyday. I love having a couple pints of fresh vegetable juice to start the day. My go to juice is a mix of kale, cucumber, romaine, parsley, celery, ginger, lemon/lime, pear/apple. Sometimes I mix beets and carrot into the mix as well.
Matteo Silverman strives to elevate plant-based cuisine to the respect it deserves. He seeks fresh, seasonal ingredients that are local, organic, and sustainably grown. Wetting his feet in the San Francisco restaurant scene, he worked at the famous Green’s, Millennium, and Paul K.
He moved to NYC in March 2001 and graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts that July. Upon graduation he worked at various bakeries and restaurants honing his skills and learning the trade. Along the way he has worked privately for families and high-profile clients in entertainment and finance, most notably Montel Williams, Russell Simmons, and Norma Kamali.
In January 2003, born out of pure passion for food, people, and wine, Matteo launched 4 Course Vegan, a weekly supper club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. January 2012 marked the 9th anniversary of 4 Course Vegan. Chef Matteo helped launch the popular raw foods and juice cleanse, Cooler Cleanse. He is currently the consulting chef at Cooler Cleanse and Juice Generation in NYC. His raw food menu can be found at Juice Generation juice Bars throughout Manhattan.
Currently living in Sonoma County, he supports local farmers markets and purveyors through his newest venture Chalk Hill Cookery. Chalk Hill Cookery offers farm-to-table dinners, event catering, cooking classes, private chef services, and more. Find Chalk Hill Cookery at the Saturday morning Healdsburg Farmers Market starting in April 2013.