Matty Matheson gets saucy with new food company

Fort Erie chef and actor Matty Matheson continues to expand what is becoming something of a business empire.

Fresh off his TV show “The Bear” winning big at the Emmys, and in between a recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” where he discussed life as an actor and shared some stories about the craziness of a working restaurant kitchen, Matheson is hoping to keep that momentum going, with the launch of Matheson Food Company (MFC).

Available across the country, MFC includes a line of sauces and dressings created by Matheson himself. Among the flavours are Greek, balsamic, green olive, and Italian dressings, along with original, maple molasses, and heater barbecue sauces.

Credit: Matheson Food Company | Instagram

“I always felt we needed to have sauces and dressings that taste the way I cook. I wanted people anywhere and everywhere to have my big, punchy flavours in their homes,” Matheson said in a late February post on his website announcing the new line.

Many of the sauces and dressings have special meaning to Matheson.

“Our green olive is an ode to my mother in law, Carol. Our barbecue sauce is based off my dad’s original for ribs and chicken. Our Caesar dressing is so fire with lettuce and meats,” he said, adding he tested a ton of batches before landing on the right ones.

The chef, who has operated several restaurants in Toronto and opened Rizzo’s House of Parm in Crystal Beach in 2022, has expanded his reach in recent years. A popular internet personality, Matheson has also gained notoriety playing Neil Fak on FX’s “The Bear”. He’s also a producer for the show.

At January’s Emmy’s, the show took home 10 awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series.

MFC isn’t the only new thing he’s working on. In 2017 he teamed up with designer Ray Natale to create a fashion line. While the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on those efforts, Natale and Matheson are now pumping out a new line of Canadian workwear called Rosa Rugosa.

According to Rosa Rugosa’s website, the goal was simple: “They wanted something simple, durable and (that) could be worn well; something that any size or shape could confidently wear.”

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