Casual California Cusine
Chef Mathew Farmer
The award-winning Beach House Restaurant at Lovers Point has announced the hiring of a new executive chef, Matthew Farmer, who has 20 years of experience on the local restaurant scene.
"We are extremely happy to have a chef of Matthew's experience and expertise join us here at the Beach House," said Kevin Phillips, managing partner of the restaurant. "We're also excited to see what creative flair Matthew will bring to our already popular menu."
Farmer says he hopes to take the popular bayside restaurant, which was voted the Best New Restaurant in 2014 by readers of Monterey County Weekly and Monterey Herald, to the next level.
"The Beach House is the most spectacular location on the Monterey Peninsula," said Farmer. "The renovations accomplished and the upcoming additions planned by the ownership will only increase the value of this historic venue for our local and traveling guests. I intend to honor this fine tradition by offering the finest, local ingredients available and continue to offer the greatest dining experience on the Monterey Peninsula."
Farmer's restaurant and hospitality experience has run the gamut, from being a cafe manager, banquet and catering chef to restaurant Chef/Owner.
He started his restaurant career at Glenn Oaks Restaurant in Big Sur working for Chef Forrest "Skip" Childs.
"He taught me the invaluable lessons of a strong work ethic, using the best and freshest ingredients our coast has to offer, impeccable cleanliness and letting the food and flavors speak for themselves," Farmer says of his mentor.
Farmer went on become banquet and catering chef at The Monterey Sheraton Hotel and followed that with a 13-year stint as executive chef at The Running Iron Restaurant & Saloon in Carmel Valley.
In 2005 he added "owner" to his responsibilities as executive chef at The Running Iron, taking on all aspects of ownership.
In 2011, he became the cafe manager and chef at Big Sur Coast Cafe, overseeing the development of a new menu and decor until the property was recently sold.
A native of Evanston, Illinois, Farmer's passion for the restaurant and hospitality business started at an early age.
"I have always been infatuated with the hospitality business," he said. "Even in school, as my classmates were throwing kegger parties, I would host intimate dinner parties for my friends."
Farmer's has a son who is attending University of California Santa Cruz, studying marine biology. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing golf, skiing, whitewater rafting and cycling
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General Manager Beach House at Lovers Point
At first glance you might think Jeremy Phillips got his job as General Manager at The Beach House in Pacific Grove because of his connections.
His dad, after all, is restaurateur Kevin Phillips, managing partner of the restaurant as well as three other local eateries. But you would be wrong.
“This is the 10th restaurant I've worked at, always working two at a time,” says Jeremy. “I have bussed tables, hosted, served, bartended, banquet served and managed floors for over 12 years before becoming the GM here at the Beach House.”
He started working as a busboy at the Whaling Station at 17, and at age 19 he was hired as a server at Blue Moon on Cannery Row, splitting his time between the two restaurants. That was just the beginning.
“I attended Cal Poly studying business, all the while working at many different restaurants and wine bars,” says Jeremy, who has been GM since it opened two years ago. “Although I didn't study hospitality, I most definitely got an education in the field for 10 years doing every job in the business.”
But it's not as if his dad didn't have any influence on his direction in the restaurant business.
“I've always been attracted to this business, probably because my dad has been bringing me around his places since before I could walk,” he says. “I've been learning about food, wine, and beer ever since I could read. I love to taste wine, beer and spirits and match them with various types of food, which has been going on since I was way too young to do so.”
Born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, Jeremy graduated from Carmel High School in 2002. He was doing double duty at Abalonetti Bar & Grill and Cannery Row Brewing Company when he got the call to take on the “daunting task” of becoming GM at The Beach House.
“It was a challenge to basically create an idea into a real working parts,” he says about starting from the ground up at the new restaurant. “Since we had a delay in the grand opening, I was able to assemble a stellar crew, who make my life much easier.”
But he says The Beach House team isn't about to rest on its laurels. The restaurant has been showered with accolades since the first day it opened, but there's more to come.
“The Beach House has a bright future,” he says. “In just months to come we will be opening a cafe of sorts downstairs from the existing restaurant. We will then be open from 9 a.m., giving us much more time to evolve the brand.”
Jeremy says they are also considering creating a catering company to accommodate all the weddings and special events that occur on Lovers Point, perhaps even doing their own events.
As for his own plans, he says he'll continue at The Beach House until he's ready to take the next step up the ladder.
“I plan to continue here until I make the jump to be food and beverage director of all four restaurants, however long that takes,” he says. “I'm along for the ride, learning new things literally every day. Maybe when I retire I can buy my own little restaurant to play with!”
With his track record, that's not hard to imagine