5 Durham Restaurants Run By One of The Best Chefs in America

one of the best chefs in America

You may not be familiar with the name Matt Kelly, but if you have dined in Durham, North Carolina, you may have eaten at one of his many fine dining restaurants. Both an incredible chef (he was named one of The Best Chefs of America) and savvy entrepreneur, he started his career in Durham at the French bistro restaurant Vin Rouge.

In 2012, he opened another restaurant, Mateo Bar de Tapas, a James Beard-nominated Spanish restaurant with Southern influences. After that, Matt Kelly started several other new award-winning restaurants:

Chef Matt Kelly and His Restaurants Receive Local & National Media Attention:

  • Featured in the “Dining and Wine” section of the New York Times 
  • Appeared on A Chef’s Life TV Show
  • In “NC F&B Podcast” (Food & Beverage)
  • Matt and His Restaurants Recommended in News & Observer Articles
  • Highlighted on WRAL TV

Chef Matt Kelly’s fans say, that while each restaurant serves its own distinctive cuisine, all of his restaurants consistently serve fresh and delicious food. In fact, many have a hard time choosing their favorite of all his Durham restaurants, so they regularly dine at each of them.

Restauranteur Matt Kelly continues to achieve culinary success. We can’t wait to see what he does next in The Bull City!

Whether you are with family, on a romantic date, or with a group of friends, dining at any of these Durham restaurants is sure to be a wonderful experience. Durham is also known for its incredible entertainment, sports, shopping, night life, universities, and more!

Guests of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast will also love our complimentary gourmet breakfasts, made fresh each morning, and served in our elegant Pecan Dining Room. Guests love the dining room’s large windows and unique art mural. We look forward to hosting you (for the first time or as a returning guest).

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