Tablehopper initially published the rumor that Matt Tinder would be leaving his job as the corporate pastry chef for the Daniel Patterson Group, and now Food & Wine has confirmed that it's true—and that he's headed back to his former employer, The Restaurant at Meadowood, which hasn't had a pastry chef for three years, not long after Tinder left to join the team at Saison. Tinder has been with DPG since November 2011, serving first as the pastry chef of Coi and then getting promoted to pastry chef for the entire group in August 2013. The new title apparently wasn't enough to incentivize him to stay, though, even though the company's latest restaurant, Alta CA, is only a month old.
Meadowood chef Christopher Kostow tells Food & Wine that Tinder will lead an ambitious new bread program when he starts in the kitchen on February 1, incorporating locally grown and milled grains (which have been trending lately with the release of Chad Robertson's Tartine Book No. 3 and the debut of bakeries like Barkada).
Tinder, who says he wanted to move back to Napa Valley because he enjoys the lifestyle there, has most recently spent time improving the bread program across the DPG restaurants, so it's a good use of his newly acquired skills. Tinder was nominated for the magazine's People's Best New Pastry Chef prize last year, and was also named a Rising Star by StarChefs. No word on whether his longtime collaborator Nick Muncy, who worked with him at Saison, left with him for DPG, and then took over the pastry chef job at Coi when he got promoted, will be joining him; we've reached out to DPG to find out, as well as to learn who'll be replacing Tinder once he leaves for Meadowood.
Update, 1:14 pm: Here's the statement from Patterson, who notes that Nick Muncy will remain at Coi: "Professionally, it has been a pleasure to work with Matt for close to three years. Over that time I have watched his style grow and evolve into something really special. I wrote extensively about him in the Coi book, even though I knew that he would eventually be moving on, out of respect and gratitude for his contributions. On a personal level, Matt has become a great friend, and I will miss his presence. He left all of the restaurant dessert programs in great shape, especially Coi, where Nick Muncy, who worked with closely with Matt for several years, continues to run the program at a very high level. As a group, we wish Matt every success for the future." No word on a replacement at this time.
· Matt Tinder Is Meadowood's New Pastry Chef [F&W]
· Matt Tinder Reportedly Leaving Daniel Patterson Group [Tablehopper]
· Matt Tinder Promoted to DPG Corporate Pastry Chef [~ ESF ~]