Q&A With Matt Christianson, Executive Chef, Urban Farmer Restaurant, Portland, OR
How long have you worked for Sage Restaurant Group?
Chef Matt: I began working for Sage Restaurant Group on March 17th, in 2009
What are your favorite foods and drinks at Urban Farmer & Departure restaurants, located at The Nines Hotel?
Chef Matt: As the Executive Chef of the Nines I enjoy many different styles of food on a daily basis. For instance Departure’s jasmine tea is perfect for calming down & Urban Farmer’s Stumptown coffee is great for ramping up for a busy shift. I also enjoy Departure’s carrot and avocado salad for sweet richness and bright acidity. If I am in the mood for something on the comfort side I enjoy Urban Farmer’s brussels sprouts with almond brittle, it reminds me of eating popcorn followed by a Butterfinger =). Also, I can’t forget Chef Sean, his chocolate chip cookies are delicious & to blame for the extra pounds I could stand to lose.
Where did you work before you joined SRG?
Chef Matt: The Hotel Bolderado in Boulder, CO and previous to that I worked in San Francisco with Bradley Ogden.
What do you like to do when you are not cooking delicious food?
Chef Matt: I enjoy riding & exploring the Portland, OR area on my road bike and playing with my 4 and 6 year old sons.