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“because I was unsure of what I wanted to do”. He was close to moving
east when Greenhouse co-owner Paul Aron offered him his current job.
Matt was initially daunted by the massive workload it entailed, from
managing 15 kitchen staff, to its pressure-packed 90-hour weeks. “It’s open
six days a week from 7am until 10.30pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner,
so it’s pretty intense,” he reveals. Add to this the workload of making
“everything we possibly can” from scratch and there’s little time to do other
things he loves, such as surf or hang out with family and friends at Margaret
River. “But I love being here, working and creating,” he states. Matt’s proud
of not only making all breads, cakes, pastries, pasta, even muesli in-house,
but also milling the flour and oats. “We also fillet all our own fish, bone our
own meats, cure our own pancetta, and make all charcuterie in-house.”
Demand for his fresh food is now such that the rooftop garden can’t
grow enough to meet it. But Matt’s now fostering the efforts of local
growers. “I think it’s really important to support local businesses, and not
to use vegetables that have been in cold stores and gas-ripened.”
To this end, he is collaborating with Neil Perry, so when Rockpool Bar
and Grill opens next year, they’ll buy produce jointly to ensure economies
of scale for local growers and producers. To further assist growers,
Greenhouse will be buying a van this summer to g o direct to farmers.
“Greenhouse has lots of exciting things happening, interstate and overseas
in the next couple of years,” Matt says. “And with people becoming ever more
excited about cooking,” he adds, “it’s a really great time to be a young chef
doing something a bit different.” S
Greenhouse, 100 St Georges Ter race, Perth, (08) 9481 8333, gr eenhouseperth.com .
MATT REVEALS WHERE
HE IS EATING
Nahm Thai “I love the food
that Kevin Pham does. It’s
not ‘white boy’ Thai. It’s
honest, it’s authentic and
that’s how food should be.”
223 Bulwer Street, Perth,
(08) 9328 7500.
Leeuwin Estate “I think
it’s a really special family-
owned venue, with great
food, great setting, great
people.” Stevens Road,
Margaret River, (08) 9759
0000, leeuwinestate.com.au .
Restaurant Amusé “As far
as the WA food scene goes,
chef Hadleigh Troy is really
at the forefront. It’s great
to be able to eat his really
food.” 64 Bronte Street,
East Perth, (08) 9325 4900,
Big Bowl Noodle House
“You can’t go wrong here.
You can get a really big
fresh, healthy meal for
under $10. For me, that’s
great. I’d much rather eat
fresh, lighter style things.
It’s better for your health
and your life.” 884 Albany
Highway, East Victoria Park,
(08) 9355 5222.
Must Wine Bar “It’s just
a great, really cool venue.
It’s always buzzing and it
reminds me of brasseries
in France.” 519 Beaufort
Street, Highgate, (08) 9328
8255, must.com.au .
“My food is really healthy –
there’s not a lot of fats, butters,
creams. I use herbs and spices”
FOOD + WINE chef
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