Executive Chef Matthew Steffen
Meet Matthew Steffen, The Woodmark Hotel's Executive Chef and tastemaker. Chef Matthew's love of farm fresh flavors and signature "twists" on traditional favorites is at the heart of the hotel’s entire food program and has earned our restaurants the loyalty of local diners, as well as discerning guests.
Chef Matthew's career began washing dishes at the age of 15 at a Sheraton Hotel in Minot, North Dakota. His love for food grew there but his love for his country was greater and after finishing high school he enlisted in the Navy. Being stationed in Pearl Harbor grew his love for fresh seafood and global cuisines. As Matthew finished his tour in the Navy, he entered his first knife yielding role as a prep cook in 1999 at the Flying V Bar and Grill. His passion for food thrived as he quickly worked his way through the ranks and took over as chef de cuisine after 3 ½ years. Ever since, he has prepared delicious meals across the country. Prior to the Woodmark, he worked at some of Arizona’s most exclusive resorts, including Frank and Albert's at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, and Red Allen's at the Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa in Litchfield.
Since joining The Woodmark, what he calls “a paradise on the water” on July 25th, 2011, Chef Matthew has enjoyed the pursuit of thinking outside the box. He continues to push and expand the offerings on property, and extends his work to the local community. The Woodmark Hotel is proud to partner with Fare Start, a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals, as well as Ronald McDonald House. Chef Matthew is very passionate about these causes. He fondly remembers cooking a dinner for over 30 families at the Seattle Ronald McDonald House. It was a gourmet buffet close to his heart, since two of his children have undergone surgeries at Seattle Children’s. He spoke with a father that was preparing to have his five-year-old son go through a heart transplant the following day, and the father thanked Chef Matthew because for one hour, they forgot about the difficulty of their situation, and they had a moment of joy amidst the rough times. The community that’s formed around the table and the experiences that are shared over a meal are powerful. It is these moments that Chef Matthew hopes to continue to create.
When not crafting memorable menus at Woodmark, Chef Matthew enjoys spending time with his family and exploring all the Northwest has to offer, from cuisine to the great outdoors. Respecting the food and using a Northwest Philosophy with a global approach is emphasized on all of the menus at the Woodmark.