“So how did you end up in Providence?” This unexpected query was posed to chef Matt Jennings on the ‘CBS Saturday Morning’ food segment today. Formerly of Farmstead in Wayland Square the nattily dressed and majorly tatted up chef has since returned to Boston.
Last year, he opened Townsman in Boston where he serves up what he calls “modern farmhouse cuisine.” He’s received four James Beard award nominations for Best Chef: Northeast. Food and Wine declared him one of the “40 Big Food Thinkers 40 and Under,” and Esquire magazine just named Townsman one of the best new restaurants in the country.
Among his signature dishes: cider brined fried chicken, “ugly potatoes” with chorizo crema, butter lettuce and roasted beet salad with grilled avocado and crispy garlic, black barley salad with feta and soft herbs. Some recipes are included at the website. That chicken looks yummy.
When asked “If you could share this meal with anyone past or present who would it be?” Jennings correctly answers, Julia Child.