Matt Abdoo is the chef and partner of Pig Beach, the critically-acclaimed barbecue restaurant and beer garden located in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. Matt first earned his BBQ chops during his time working on America’s highly competitive barbecue teams, Salty Rinse, receiving 2nd place medal for Whole Hog in 2015 and 1st Place for Best Sauce (Mustard) at the annual Memphis in May World Championship. Prior to opening his own restaurants, Matt was the Chef de Cuisine of Del Posto and during is tenure, the restaurant received a coveted four-star review from the New York Times, and the Relais & Chateaux distinction. Raised in the small upstate New York town of New Hartford in an extremely tight-knit Italian-American-Lebanese family where he began his culinary training at a very young age by rolling meatballs and house made pasta with his nona. Today, Matt is a frequent guest chef on The Today Show and has appeared on Food Network's The Kitchen, NBC's The Chew , DirecTV's Fantasty Zone, and more.