Bernie Matz


Chef Matz is the Culinary Director of Bodega South Beach. Now a staple in the Miami culinary scene, Chef Bernie originally attended the University of Florida and graduated with his MBA in Finance in 1984. Still consumed by his passion for food he opened his first restaurant, Wet Paint Café, on Lincoln Road in 1986 when he was only 24. It was at Wet Paint Café where Bernie and Chef Doug Rodriguez developed what was to become a signature style of cuisine called “Nuevo Latino” or New Miami American Cuisine. After his venture in the Miami scene, Chef Bernie worked in New York before honing his culinary abilities at Johnson & Wales culinary school. Prior to joining Menin Hospitality, you could see Chef Bernie at The Café at Books & Books and Bernie’s LA Café. He is a connoisseur of tacos and the mastermind behind the menu at Bodega South Beach.