Executive Chef, Hewing Hotel
Originally from Stillwater, Minnesota, Matt Leverty discovered his passion for cooking while attending the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where he studied Actuarial Science. It was while Leverty was working a number of back of house restaurant jobs to finance his way through school that he realized his love for the kitchen.
Leverty officially launched his culinary career in 2006 at Wolfgang Puck’s 20.21, the former acclaimed Asian-fusion restaurant in Minneapolis. Three years later, Leverty headed west to Las Vegas to join the team as a line cook at the former Chinois in The Forum Shops at Caesars. He continued to rise through the ranks within the Wolfgang Puck empire, having next taken over the line at Wolfgang’s poolside restaurants, Solaro and Riva at The Venetian | The Palazzo, then becoming sous chef at Lupo by Wolfgang Puck in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in 2011. For the next four years, Leverty’s passion for cooking and creativity proved himself ready for a role at Wolfgang’s flagship Spago in The Forum Shops at Caesars, where he worked closely with Executive Chef Eric Klein as Executive Sous Chef.
In 2015, Leverty relocated to Palm Desert, CA to open a recently rebranded restaurant,
WP Kitchen + Bar as executive chef. After successfully reopening the new concept, Leverty was named the Corporate Executive Chef of Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, where he assisted with overseeing kitchen training, menu development and quality assurance in the licensed restaurant division.
After his 12-year tenure with Wolfgang Puck, Leverty was ready to return to his home state and to the kitchen as the Executive Chef of the Hewing Hotel. In his role, Leverty will reinvent the menus for the hotel’s flagship restaurant, Tullibee, the rooftop, catering/events and room service, placing a continued emphasis on locally-sourced products from Minnesota farmers. While Leverty’s cooking techniques are complex, diners can expect the integrity of each ingredient to shine on his
hyper-seasonal menus. Leverty is also extremely passionate about mentorship in and out of his kitchen, and strives to build a positive work environment that fosters creativity, teamwork, and personal and professional growth.
In his spare time, Matt loves playing and watching all sports, notably the Minnesota Wild. He enjoys craft beer and has traveled around the United States in search of the country’s greatest beers.