Matt Moran is the well-known Australian chef and restaurateur of a number of successful restaurants including ARIA Sydney, ARIA Brisbane, CHISWICK and the newly open Riverbar & Kitchen.
In addition he is the co-owner of event companies ARIA Catering and ARIA Catering at Sydney Opera House.
While Matt’s main focus remains his restaurants, his appearances on TV shows such as Chopping Block, Masterchef, Junior Masterchef and My Restaurant Rules have also helped to raise his profile. His passion and knowledge will also been seen later this year on his new show From Paddock to Plate. Since 2003 he has been a member of the International Culinary Panel for Singapore Airlines, and has represented Australia in promoting food and wine in Asia and most recently GQ Magazine awarded him Chef of the Year in November 2012.
Regardless of the outlet, Matt’s driving force remains seasonality and a passion for producing the best contemporary food possible, with a true sense of professionalism and hospitality. It’s a long-held passion, taking seed at the age of 15, when Matt commenced his chef’s apprenticeship at La Belle Helene in Sydney’s Roseville, where he learnt and finessed his skill in classical French cooking that remains a foundation of his cooking today.
Matt and business partner Peter Sullivan launched their first restaurant, The Paddington Inn Bistro, in 1991. The success of this venture led to a second, Moran’s Restaurant and Café, which opened in 1995 and was awarded best new restaurant in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide that year. In 1999, the pair opened the doors to ARIA Restaurant, Circular Quay with its sensational views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour. Since opening ARIA Sydney has been awarded two coveted Chef’s Hats from The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide on ten occasions.
ARIA Catering has been at the Sydney Opera House since 2006 and has prided itself on producing successful events at off-site locations including private residence, boardrooms, showrooms and larger venues throughout Sydney and Brisbane.
Matt and Peter opened a second ARIA in Brisbane in 2009. Situated in the Eagle Street Pier precinct on the riverfront, the restaurant boasts spectacular views of the Brisbane River and the Story Bridge provides a dramatic backdrop for diners. In 2012 ARIA Brisbane was awarded two coveted Chef’s Hats from The Sydney Morning Herald, Queensland, Good Food Guide.
In March 2012 Moran and Sullivan opened CHISWICK restaurant and bar, a relaxed, informal restaurant on Ocean Street, Woollahra. The daily menu features items from the wood-fired oven, showcasing produce from the on-site vegetable and herb garden. In May 2012 the pair announced the expansion of ARIA Catering taking residence as the exclusive event caterer at Sydney Opera House; this development has allowed them to offer their clients the premium ARIA Catering experience in this landmark location. In addition, Riverbar & Kitchen opened December 2012 alongside ARIA Brisbane.
For Matt, seasonality is the key ingredient in achieving a flavoursome and balanced menu. As such, his contemporary menus are inspired by his passion for sourcing the finest seasonal produce available.
'From an early age I have had a strong love of food and local produce. I believe that seasonality is an important basis for menu production and one of the most significant ingredients in achieving a flavoursome, balanced and premium quality menu.’ Matt Moran
In addition, Matt has written three cookbooks—his first, “Matt Moran”, showcases ARIA dishes adapted for the home cook and his second, “When I Get Home”, features favourite recipes he prepares in his own kitchen for family and friends. The third, “Dinner at Matt’s”, was released in October 2011 and he is currently writing his fourth book to be released next year, based around the kitchen garden and seasonal cooking.... Read more.
9. Opt for digital paintings. If you couldn’t find the right painting you want, a digital painting might give you what you are looking for. There are already paintings which you can merely print and frame. Although, it will be limited in terms of texture but it can still look good in your room. Some even buy posters instead and use it as wall décor. They look good when already framed. 10. Use your creativity. If you are an artist or at least have the passion for art, you can make your own painting or wall décor. Well, it doesn’t necessarily use paint. You can use whatever medium you like. You can even apply your crafty skills into it by creating a collage or a scrapbook like décor. Frame it and you now have a personalized wall décor. Getting decorations for your wall is both fun and exciting. But it will surely be more fulfilling if you will actually be the one to make it yourself. Yet, a real painting can still give a different burst of appeal to your living room. Aside from wall paintings, you can also try using wall sculptures as decorations. Even wall clock can add beauty to your walls. Get more home design tips here in Home Design Lover.
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5. Choose one that suits your personality. A painting also reflects the personality of the homeowners. So, do not just get any painting. Make sure that the message from the painting is right for your personality and that it will give a good impression to your visitors. There are many paintings you can choose from. For sure, you’ll find something that you’ll fall in love with and something that you can relate to your personality. 6. Match it with your interior design. Every home has a distinct interior design. Some opt for modern touches which is the current trend. Some also stick to classic and vintage designs where vintage decorative frames are used for paintings. Let it match the interior theme of your house in order to complete the look you want. 7.Research paintings. Do your homework by looking for various paintings in shops or even on the internet. This will make shopping easier for you. Also, you will be able to check on what paintings are available in the market that you could get for your home. Then take note of those designs that you liked. You might still be able to get them at a lower price. Or if you cannot find one that is exactly the same as the one you want, for sure you can get a similar painting. 8. Visualize room. Now think of how that painting will look like when it is already installed in your room. Does it look lovely? Or it might look awkward? Does it complement with the entire look or it doesn’t fit in at all? Visualize your room. If you think you got the right painting, then go get it.
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1. Decide on the kind of art you like. When buying a canvas painting or if you are currently choosing for a new painting, try to assess your taste. Which genre of art do you prefer for your decoration? Do you like abstract paintings? Or you might prefer those which are replicas of famous artists? Or you might want your own portrait as a wall décor? Think about how these paintings will look like on your wall and choose which one will best suit your interior. 2. Know the right size. Check on the size of the wall décor. See to it that it won’t be too large of too small for your room. You can also opt for smaller paintings and arrange them all in one area. This is great in creating accent walls. Size of the painting is important because it might spoil your room if the size is not right. 3. Choose colors for the canvas painting. Colors used in the painting will have a great impact on the entire appearance of your interior. So, decide if you want bright colored paintings to bring in a lively aura or you want it to complement with the rest of the colors you used to create a coherent look. Abstract paintings are great choices especially if you are limiting your choice in terms of colors. 4. Look into your budget. Getting a painting entails money. You have to look into how much you can spend for that. You can also try to do a survey first as to how much these paintings are. Some are really expensive but it will still be worth it once it is installed in your room. But there are also cheaper paintings you can find. It might be right for your budget.
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