“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So, when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief, and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality.” – Bob Marley
SAY HELLO TO MATTHEW MACDONALD,
Born and raised in the South County area of Rhode Island, Matt attended South Kingstown High School, knowing school was never for him. He found refuge by starting to work in kitchens at the age of 14. First, starting as a dishwasher, to now being the Executive Chef of Owls Nest Resort in Thornton, New Hampshire at age 30.
Matt has always been seen as a valuable, dedicated, and dependable worker. He is always trying to advance himself, first at age 14 when working at McDonald’s, again when working at a Rhode Island fish market & restaurant where he quickly moved up to Line Cook, and finally at Applebee’s where he got his steppingstone into the fast-paced, quick service which helped him land a job as a Line Cook at The Ocean Cliff Hotel. During this job, Matt worked under Chef Bradley McCoil (aka Owl’s Nest Resort’s current General Manager!) and Chef Peter Hand. They saw Matt as a diamond in the dust, which led him to become the Lead Restaurant Chef, tasked with creating an effective team to produce high-quality food for Guests. Then, Matt was promoted to Sous Chef, where he was able to also focus on helping produce over 1,200 weddings, and large events such as the Harvard Business Class Alumni Dinner with over 1,000 people.
Matt knew he needed a change, so he decided to follow Chef Bradley McCoil to Owl’s Nest Resort in Thornton, New Hampshire, and take the role of Banquet Chef. After two seasons at Owl’s Nest Resort, Matt has once again proven himself as a valuable and dedicated worker by being promoted to Executive Chef. He is looking forward to showing his true ability to be a leader for his team and the new challenges that this new role has to offer. And finally, Matt is excited for what Owl’s Nest Resort will bring in the coming years to become a top destination resort and wedding venue in New Hampshire with top quality A La Cart Service.
When Matt is not working, you can find him kayaking around Mirror Lake, playing golf, or spending time with his three beagles!