Chef of Chef Works:
Matt Healy



CHEF Matt Healy 

Restaurant/Café: The Foundry
Location: 1 Saw Mill Yard, Leeds, UK
Facebook: @MHFoundry Twitter: @matty2stone Instagram: @MHFoundry

Yorkshire born chef, Matt Healy brought his passion for food home to Leeds (his fave city) after coming runner-up on Masterchef: The Professionals in 2016. From the opening of Matt Healy x The Foundry, his success story continued with the foundation and expansion of Gron Kafes and his takeover of The Beehive pub. His venues offer delicious creative food in a relaxed environment with a warm and attentive team. Welcome to our first Chef of Chef Works in 2020…



Chef Matt wearing his Galveston Cross-Back Bib Apron and Springfield Essential Chef Coat.


1. Your restaurant/role:
Matt Healy x The Foundry in Leeds, The Beehive x Thorner, Gron Kafes in Leeds and York, UK.

2. Describe your kitchen:
Compact but easily manageable thanks to the fantastic team.

3. Favourite Chef Works item and why?
The Chef Works aprons – there’s a really great range and the styles suit our brands.

4. First job:
Pot Washer at Fat Francos in Horsforth (now Banyan), Leeds 23 long years ago!

5. Favourite cookbook:
Tapas Tickets Cuisine by Chef Albert Adria, Head Chef at Tickets in Barcelona.



Oyster Ramen and Tomato Tartare with Smoked Tomato Jam on Sourdough



Matt’s take on Fish & Chips; Cod with Curry Sauce  and Crispy Potatoes. 


6. Your awards:
Michelin Plate and listed in the Good Food Guide, Briton’s Best Roast award by Unilever, Best Newcomer at the Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards
2018 and Eat Awards 2018, Best City Centre Restaurant at the Oliver’s 2019 and shortlisted for Best Chef & Best Fine Dining in the Oliver’s 2020…

7. Your cooking inspiration:
Chef Stuart Tattersall at the Gunton Arms in North Norfolk, UK and Chef Simon Shaw of El Gato Negro (Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester), UK.

8. Your speciality dish:
Beef Tartare, served with a Cheese & Onion Toastie.

9. Favourite dish to eat:
The Simon pizza from Grumpys in Farsley, UK.

10. Weirdest thing you ever ate:
The food at Noma in Denmark, including fermented yeast bread and foraged ants…

11. Favourite ice cream flavour:
Northern Bloc Vegan Chocolate and Orange Blossom.



Chalk Stream Trout with Charred Cucumber.


12. Favourite drink:
Red Wine.

13. Favourite wine:
Gevrey-Chambertin, a village in Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits district in France produces some of the world’s most prestigious reds.

14. Who would you most like to cook for?
The Queen – she’s class!

15. And who would you least like to cook for?
Rude customers.

16. Favourite things to do when not cooking:
Spend time with my partner Holly and our three dogs.



Salt-aged Beef Fillet  with Celeriac and Bone Marrow.


17. Your latest project:
Expanding Gron Kafes across the North of the UK.

18. Favourite city?
Leeds, for obvious reasons (it’s my home town & it’s class).

19. Your greatest indulgence?
See wine questions above…

20. And finally, your all-time best culinary tip?
Listen & be dedicated. You’ll go far if you do.


Photos of Chef Matt: Steve Bootle. Food photography: Will Stanley.

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