In March of last year, chef Matt Taylor took over the kitchen at Market Street Kitchen at DC Ranch, replacing friend and mentor Robert McGrath as executive chef. Now, just under a year later, he's preparing to move again, this time taking over the role of executive chef of Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden.
The Arizona Republic reports that Taylor will take the reins at Gertrude's on March 4. He'll replace chef Stephen Eldridge, who was executive chef at the restaurant since it opened in January 2013.
The restaurant's pastry chef, Marisa Lown, also has stepped down.
Prior to working at Market Street Kitchen, Taylor created a well-loved menu of French bistro food with Southern influences at the now-defunct Metro Brasserie in Old Town Scottsdale. He then went to Vegas to cook with the Michael Mina Group, returning to the Valley in 2011 to work (briefly) at Noca. Taylor, originally from Canada, attended Scottsdale Culinary Institute.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.