Matt Timms of The Takedown - Biography

New York, NY

July 2012

Matt Timms is a man of many talents. The food community knows him best as creator, host, and producer of The Takedowns—the national home cook food competition tour that pits amateur against amateur in an ingredient- or dish-themed battle. And while the The Takedowns cult has taken hold across the country, with Timms visiting cities like San Francisco, Boston, and Chicago, Timms’ body of work goes well beyond the realm of “which chili reigns supreme.”

Timms also is an actor and filmmaker. Not only has he starred in several commercial campaigns, he shot a feature called “Up with Me” that earned a Special Jury Award at the 2008 SXSW festival. Less expected (maybe) is his nascent brand of Brooklyn-made hot sauce, “Facemelter,” or his line of throw pillows (“Takedowners,” or small monsters eating junk foods like ice cream, pizza, and hamburgers) available on

In it’s decade-long existence, The Takedowns have garnered plenty of press and national attention—not to mention inspired similar competitions all over the country. By embracing and encouraging non-professional cooks, The Takedowns have inspired more confident public engagement with the culture of food. And they’ve earned Timms scores of plaudits, including one of the first “Chow 13” awards and a “Top 40 Big Thinkers Under 40” placement from Food & Wine. When he’s not sampling the many incarnations of chili, bacon, fondue, etc., or catalyzing culinary competitiveness across the country, Timms can be found in Williamsburg, hosting a beloved trivia night at Soft Spot Bar.