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Meet Matt Deaton

Pitmaster, Chef, and Veteran


For Matthew, the journey to becoming a professional pitmaster and chef is rooted in a passion for food instilled in him by his mother’s cooking from scratch and his exposure to many regional styles in his travels as a child in a military family.  Matt’s love of barbeque developed early, as it was a favorite choice among siblings in his large family, and they sampled local BBQ across the country in their numerous moves and journeys. 


Over many years, Matt has developed his own style of smoked meat while studying and learning from the traditions of age old, wood-smoked BBQ. Eventually he started a home based catering company. The venture quickly took off, and with the support of his family and friends, Matt chose to follow his passion and leave his successful corporate career to make a switch into the food industry full time. 


Matthew has focused his culinary career on learning from those he respects, and who see the potential of specially crafted wood smoked provisions. He values and respects the relationships between the earth and the animals, farmers, and chefs. Aligning those values, Matt worked for the Sam Jones of North Carolina, known for their expertise in whole hogs smoked over hickory. To further his craft and progress towards the goal of a more artistic and craft-style smoked proteins, Matt is currently working under Chef Joy Crump of Bravo’s Top Chef Boston. Chef Joy along with partner Beth Black, have three restaurants with a farm to table and seasonal focus. Chef Matt Deaton’s wood smoked provisions are threaded through all three restaurant menus.


Recent Events:

  • Oysterfest 2018 (Annapolis MD)

  • Taste of the Derby 2018 (Louisville KY)

  • Chefs For Equality 2018 (Washington DC)

  • The Georgia Boucherie Festival 2018 (Milledgeville GA)

  • Blood on the River 2018 (Charleston SC)


Scheduled Events:

  • The Georgia Boucherie Festival 2019 (Milledgeville GA) 

  • Charleston Wine and Food 2019

  • Blood on the River 2019 (Charleston SC)

  • Oysterfest 2019

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