Chef Matt Molina of Osteria Mozza - Biography

Los Angeles, CA

April 2012

Trained at the Los Angeles Culinary Institute, Matt Molina got his start in cuisine at Campanile, where he worked his way from line cook to chef de cuisine. After six years under Nancy Silverton at Campanile, Molina left the West Coast to delve further into contemporary Italian cuisine at Del Posto.

Upon returning to Los Angeles, Molina was more than ready for his executive chef post at Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza, Green Restaurant Association-certified additions to LA’s Italian culinary scene courtesy of Silverton, Mario Batali, and longtime partner Joe Bastianich. Since assuming charge of the restaurants—and taking on a very proactive role in their standards of sustainability, environmentalism, and organics—Chef Molina has earned three stars from the LA Times. In 2008, Osteria Mozza was nominated for “Best New Restaurant” award by the James Beard Foundation and in 2012 Molina himself was nominated for “Best Chef: Pacific.”