JUN 21-23, 2024

Matt Horn

Chef Matt Horn, a self-taught barbecue prodigy, began his culinary journey in 2016 and quickly became a legendary figure in the U.S. culinary scene. Known for his unique California-style barbecue, Horn opened his flagship restaurant, Horn Barbecue, in Oakland, CA in October 2020. The restaurant instantly garnered accolades, including features in Forbes, the New York Times, and Robb Report, and was named one of Eater’s Best New Restaurants. Additionally, it was named one of Esquire Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in America and has received a host of local awards, highlighting its exceptional culinary offerings.

In 2021, he was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs in America, and Horn Barbecue not only earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand but has retained it annually, demonstrating consistent culinary excellence. The following year, it was not only nominated for a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant but also reached the finalist stage. Expanding his reach, Horn launched Kowbird in 2022, with a second location in Las Vegas, and introduced Matty’s Old Fashioned in 2023, providing an elevated dining experience.

Recognized as 'the future of barbecue' by the SF Chronicle and dubbed the 'King of West Coast Barbecue' by Sunset magazine, Horn is one of the country’s most coveted pitmasters. He has also authored the acclaimed 'Horn Barbecue' cookbook, with his next, 'Kowbird,' set for a May 2024 release.

A member of the Williams Sonoma Chefs Collective, a YETI Chef Ambassador, and a Chef Partner for MadeIn Cookware, Chef Horn’s influence extends across the culinary world. His story is marked by passion, innovation, and a commitment to excellence, continuously shaping the barbecue landscape.

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