Chief Artisan executive chef

Matthew Crudder

My name is Matthew Crudder the Chief Artisan / Executive Chef.

I live in Fairfax, Virginia. 

My favorite thing about being a chef is that every day, you challenge yourself to take raw ingredients and craft something that will excite and delight others.

My tip for a juicy holiday turkey is to cook it on a rack and turn it "upside down!" 

Orecchiette is my favorite pasta shape.

Dutch Crumb Topped Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream is what I’d have if I could only eat one dessert for the rest of my life. For me, this is the ultimate comfort food; it brings back memories of my childhood.

My guilty pleasure is having crisp bacon & strawberry jam sandwiches on buttered wheat toast. 

My favorite ingredient is jumbo lump Maryland blue crab.


I love immersion my blender.

When I’m not cooking, I keep busy with my son's baseball schedule, two dogs, a garden, going to the gym, golfing, and an occasional movie.

So many great things come to mind as highlights of my career, but in my 20's I spent a summer bicycling and eating my way across Europe. It was an informative and inspiring experience that has really set the tone for everything that has come since.  

I wanted to be an architect or a jet pilot when I was a kid.

My first food memory is of grandmother sending my brother and me out to pick mulberries, which can't be done without getting your hands completely stained with their dark juice. The next day, she served us pancakes topped with the most amazing jam made from those berries.