Portsmouth chef contends for top honors in online competition
Matt Louis, chef/owner of Moxy, which opened in Portsmouth in 2012, is once again vying for top honors Food & Wine's annual search for the People’s Best New Chef via a nationwide online vote, which ends Monday. (JOHN QUINN/Union Leader Correspondent)
For the second year in row, Matt Louis, chef/owner of Moxy, was nominated by Food & Wine Magazine as one of the 10 up-and-coming chefs in New England and is in the running to be one of the top chefs in the in the nation who have run their own kitchens for five years or less.
Louis, who was born in Exeter and grew up in Raymond, attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York before working at Bouchon and the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., Per Se in New York City and Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle.
“It’s almost like starting over,” Louis said, adding he delved into a new world when he helped open Moxy, which is located at 106 Penthallow St., in May of 2012.
“There’s always something new and exciting on our menu,” Louis said, adding he must not only compete against other restaurants in Portsmouth, but also with those across a region which stretches across New England. Louis said he was “neck and neck” with the chef at Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine, in 2013 and must face that chef again this year.
“I’ve never seen them in a restaurant setting,” Louis said. Visit www.moxyrestaurant.com.
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