Matthew Gennuso is the chef/owner of Chez Pascal, a French-American bistro on the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island.
Classically trained at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Matt spent a year honing his craft in Holland after graduation. He returned to the U.S. and cooked alongside the best chefs on both coasts, including Paul Bertolli of Oliveto, in Oakland, California and Tom Colicchio of Grammercy Tavern, in New York City.
At the acclaimed Hamersley’s Bistro, in Boston, Matt cooked with James Beard Award-winning chef Gordon Hamersley. After a stint at Prezza, in Boston’s North End, Matt was ready for his own restaurant, where he could fulfill his vision for a menu replete with dishes made from the freshest meats and fish, local farm-grown seasonal produce, and artisan-made foods.
Expectations were high for Matt and his wife, Kristin, when they took over East Side favorite Chez Pascal in the spring of 2003. But the Gennusos quickly exceeded those expectations, consistently winning accolades from the local media and foodies alike. He has won several awards for his cuisine, which reinterprets the French classics and infuses them with fresh, modern appeal.
Matt has been invited to participate in numerous food and wine festivals out of state. Demonstrating his cooking techniques at the Epcot Food and Wine festival, Saborea Puerto Rico and Holland America cruise ships. His national television credits include The Today Show, The Cooking Channels’ Food-ogrophy, House Hunters International & Cultivating Life where he was a regular guest chef.
Shortly after opening, Matt had the idea to purchase and run a small hot dog push cart in the park across the street from the restaurant. The cart features his house made relishes, mustard, chili, and various other favorite hot dog toppings. This was only the stepping stone. In the summer of 2009, after a year fabricating on old linen truck, Matt launched his newest passion, a mobile food truck. Hewtin’s Dogs Mobile focuses on a changing variety of house made sausages, sandwiches, soups and more.
Now approaching their eighth year, Matt has become known for elevating French-American food to an art form. Chez Pascal is ranked among the elite of Providence’s finest restaurants, and is a favorite of this Renaissance city's artists, politicians and business leaders. The hot dog cart and the mobile food truck have adopted a loyal, eager following.