Having found his passion for cooking at a young age, Sydney native Mathew Leighton first dipped his fingers in the culinary world at just 18 years of age, and now at 26, has carved a name for himself as a rising star in the Singapore dining scene.
He started his career in the main kitchen at the iconic Hilton Hotel in Sydney before moving through to the highly awarded glass brasserie, by celebrity restaurateur Luke Mangan. Matt then joined Mangan’s The Palace in South Melbourne where he served as Sous Chef.
Mathew then returned to familiar territory at glass brasserie after the closure of The Palace as Senior Chef De Partie in early 2012.
Firmly believing that a meal should be an occasion, thus always paying attention to the littlest details that may make a difference to the dining experience. A perfectionist with a keen eye, Mathew is able to exemplify that even at such a young age and so early in his career. He constantly strives for excellence and never settles for second best. A great leader and mentor, Mathew readily provides guidance to his peers.
In late 2012, Mathew joined Salt tapas & bar by Luke Mangan in Singapore and now as Head Chef, will bring his experience and dining philosophy to their culinary team. With such a long career still ahead of him, Mathew looks forward to taking Salt tapas & bar to a new level of success.