Tampa, Fla. (September 1, 2016) – Caledon Concepts, a boutique restaurant group based in Tampa, Fla., announced the promotion of Chef Matthew Rainey to Corporate Executive Chef completing its executive team. Rainey was formerly the Executive Chef of Rococo Steak, a Caledon Concepts restaurant.
Chef Rainey will now oversee culinary operations for all three locations of Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant, Rococo Steak and all future projects. Chef Rainey’s cooking style is defined by simple, fresh, quality ingredients that incorporate flavors from his classically-trained French cooking background. His culinary vision and unique perspective will provide a refined guest experience.
“I am pleased to announce Matthew as our Corporate Executive Chef. His culinary talent will bring a renewed energy and enthusiasm to all of our brands. He has already proven to be an asset at Rococo Steak and his new revamped menu at Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant will reignite our Ceviche brand. We know he will be an integral part of Caledon Concepts moving forward,” says Lee Karlins, President of Caledon Concepts.
Rainey is an Atlanta native with an impressive list of accolades. He was voted Best New Chef of 2014 by Jezebel Magazine while working at STK in Atlanta. While in Washington D.C. as the Executive Sous Chef for Poste Modern Brasserie, the restaurant was awarded the Mobil Five-Star Award. Rainey also worked at Atlanta’s most renowned restaurants including Pano’s & Paul’s, Chops Lobster Bar and Bistro Niko.
Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant and Rococo Steak have each been named top dining destinations in Florida by national publications including the New York Times, Forbes and USA Today. Rococo Steak was awarded the coveted “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator magazine for its prestigious wine collection while Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant holds the Guinness World Record for the largest pitcher of sangria ever produced.
About Caledon Concepts: Tampa-based Caledon Concepts owns and operates four upscale restaurants including Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Orlando and Rococo Steak in St. Petersburg. Founded in 1997, Ceviche is the original tapas restaurant in the region embracing piquant flavors, sultry rhythms and Latin charm. Rococo Steak is a reimagined interpretation of the American steakhouse with a lighter, livelier and decidedly more decadent fine dining experience. For additional information, please visit caledonconcepts.com, ceviche.com or rococosteak.com.